Silverspot Squirrelfish

(Sargocentron caudimaculatum)

Squirrelfish should be added to aquariums with plenty of rockwork, cracks, crevices and caves. Squirrelfish grow quite quickly so careful consideration should be made before adding to aquariums. Squirrelfish are nocturnal and prefer dimly lit aquariums. Some Squirrelfish are capable of making loud clicking sounds. Squirrelfish have large air bladders that are affected by loud sounds such as tapping on aquarium Glass. Although quite peaceful Squirrelfish are not considered reef safe as they will consume anything small enough to fit in their mouth. Squirrelfish are better kept in small groups as pairs may pick at each other. Provide a diet rich in meaty based foods multiple times daily. When first introduced to the aquarium Squirrelfish may not readily eat. Try providing live enriched adult Brine, Glass/Grass Shrimp or Black Worms. Avoid using nets as Squirrelfish have spines on their head and gills. They also have a large preopercular spine that can inflict a painful wound.

Silverspot Squirrelfish are also sometimes known as the Whitetail Squirrelfish. They are a relatively uncommon species in the aquarium trade, but can be found occasionally. This species has a red body with white or silver colored spots and a distinctive black spot on the base of their tail fin. They have a compressed body shape and large eyes. Silverspot Squirrelfish can grow up to 5 inches in length, although they are more commonly found at around 3-4 inches.

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 50 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: CareEasyEasy CareModerateModerate
  • Behavior: BehaviorAgressiveAgressive
  • Diet: DietFlake FoodFlake Food DietLive FoodLive Food DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food
  • Habitat: HabitatPlantedPlanted
  • Light: LightHighHigh