Glasseye Snappers

(Heteropriacanthus cruentatus)

Provide an aquarium with plenty of rockwork, cracks, crevices and caves for hiding. Snappers also require wide open swim areas and a deep sand bed. They will sift through the sand looking for prey. They 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. Snappers 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. Snappers should be housed with other peaceful tank mates. Keep only one per aquarium and provide a tight fitting lid as they may jump.

Glasseye Snapper are also sometimes known simply as Blotched Bigeye, Duskyfin Bigeye or Moonshine Bigeye. Not often seen in the aquarium trade. Glasseye Snapper are mostly an orange to red color with some darker mottling. Glasseye Snapper can grow to almost 20" however, are more commonly seen at almost 8".

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: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef
  • Light: LightMediumMedium