Atlantic Porkfish

(Anisotremus virginicus)

Anisotremus Porkfish should only be added to very large aquariums preferably zoo's and public aquariums as they grow large quite quickly. Provide the Anisotremus Porkfish an aquarium with ample open swim area, plenty of rockwork with caves, crevices, and cracks to hide and rest in. Porkfish grind their teeth and the sound resonates in their swim bladder making a Grunting noise. Porkfish are peaceful, shy, nocturnal bottom feeders. Provide a diet rich in meaty foods fed several times daily. Adults will consume small crustaceans while juveniles may set up a cleaning station picking parasites from willing tank mates. If they are not eating try fortified live Brine, Glass/Grass shrimp.

Atlantic Porkfish are also sometimes known as the Dogfish or Paragrate Grunt. Occasionally seen in the aquarium trade. Adults and juvenile Atlantic Porkfish may have different coloration. Adults are an overall yellow with horizontal silver to blue stripes and vertical black stripes on their head. Juveniles lack the two black head stripes but are replaced with horizontal black stripes on the middle of its flanks, black spot close to its caudal fin and a bright yellow head. Atlantic Porkfish can grow to almost 16" however more commonly seen at 10".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 120 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareDifficultDifficult CareModerateModerate
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef HabitatSand FlatSand Flat
  • Light: LightMediumMedium