Bridled Monocle Bream

(Scolopsis frenatus)

Provide an aquarium with plenty of rockwork, cracks, crevices and caves for hiding. Breams also require wide open swim areas and a deep sand bed. They will sift through the sand looking for prey. Breams are not reef safe and will eat any fish or invertebrate they can fit in their mouth. Provide a diet of meaty based foods three times a day. Breams may not eat prepared foods when first acclimated, try feeding enriched live adult Brine Shrimp or Black Worms. Juveniles are colorful but as the fish matures their coloration will fade. Bream should be housed with other peaceful tank mates. Keep only one per aquarium and provide a tight fitting lid as they may jump.

Bridled Monocle Bream are also commonly known as the Black-banded Fusilier. They are occasionally seen in the aquarium trade. Bridled Monocle Bream have a silver-white body with black stripes running horizontally along the body. They have a distinct black spot on their dorsal fin, which is surrounded by a yellow ring. Bridled Monocle Bream have a unique set of teeth in their mouth which helps to crush the shells of their prey, including crabs and snails. They can grow up to 8 inches in length.

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 75 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: CareModerateModerate
  • Behavior: BehaviorSocialSocial BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef HabitatSand FlatSand Flat
  • Light: LightMediumMedium