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Jawfish are species of saltwater fish very similar in appearance blennies or gobies. However Jawfish are characterized by their comparatively large mouths and large heads. Jawfish are an extremely intelligent, hardy species of fish and are very popular among aquarists. F in all oceans, different species are found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Most species of jawfish have very interesting body colors and patterns. They come in shades of pastel, yellow, blue, green, brown, black and white. The jawfish is an extremely peaceful species of fish and makes an excellent addition to most community saltwater aquariums. However, care should be taken not to house jawfish in aquariums with larger, more aggressive tank mates that can harass or prey on them. Jawfish do best when housed in aquariums with a thick layer of sand substrate. This marine fish enjoys digging for hours lengthy tunnels in the substrate and uses the tunnels as protection from potential predators. In the aquarium they can be seen lounging near the openings of their tunnels and darting in and out of them in search of prey. They defend the immediate areas surrounding their tunnel openings, and when keeping several jawfish together it is advisable to use a great deal of rock and coral to break up each fish's line of sight. This reduces the area that each fish will feel the need to defend and will help curb displays of aggression. The fish will also often spend a considerable amount of time arranging the sand and rubble to create the perfect burrow for itself and this makes for a highly fascinating experience to watch in the aquarium. When suddenly startled or threatened Jawfish have a habit of jumping therefore any aquarium containing Jawfish need to have a top lid.

Wild Collected, Aquarium Conditioned
Yellow Head Jawfish
Opistognathus aurifrons

Description: The Yellow Head Jawfish also called the Pearly Jawfish, is a terrific fish to watch with its great personality. Multiple specimens spend time together with movements that look like they are dancing together. Found in coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea, the head and upper body are a light, but brilliant, yellow color slowly fading to a pearlescent blue hue.

It remains near its relatively small territory, and is seen with only the head and upper section of its body protouding from its burrow, or it will be found hovering nearby. It is able to arrange material using its mouth to carry sand, shells, or small rocks from one location to another, or removing them from its burrow, and placing them in more preferred locations.

It is a mouth-brooder, with males carrying the eggs in the mouth until they hatch
Normally peaceful. They do well with peaceful marine fish. Multiple Yellowhead Jawfish can be housed in the same tank. Multiple specimens are fine together providing very interesting behavior. The Yellowhead Jawfish can attain a length of approximately 4 inches in the aquarium.
Reef Compatibility: Excellent.
Tank Size: Minimum tank size of 1 gallon.
Feeding: Feed small pieces of mussel, daphnia, brine shrimp, bloodworms, or other meaty foods. Eventually, prepared foods can be offered.
Level of Care: Moderately Easy
Reef Compatibility:Very good reef or community fish.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 3"


Wild Collected, Aquarium Conditioned
Blue Dot Jawfish
Opistognathus rosenblatti

Description: The Blue Dot Jawfish, also known as the Bluespotted Jawfish, was discovered in the Tropical Eastern Atlantic in 1991 by Allen and Robertson. Its head and body are orange with different shaped flourescent blue spots covering all but the fins. As a matter of fact, the neon blue dots actually glow under the aquarium actinic lights! Consider to be the most beautiful and desirable of the jawfish.
The Blue Dot Jawfish spends the majority of its time in and around its burrow which serves as its home. A fish that loves to people watch, keep a tight fitting lid to prevent jumping out of the aquarium if startled from your movements.

General Comments: The Bluespot jawfish should be kept singular since it will fight with its own kind. It will require a sandy substrate in order to create its burrow. Kept with peaceful tank mates and good water quality it will be a long life inhabitant for your aquarium.

Recommended Tank size: 20 gallon
Feeding and Diet: Zooplankton feeder, provide a varied diet that includes frozen preparations for carnivores such as mysis shrimp.
Reef Compatibility:Excellent reef fish. This species will not harm shrimp or invertebrates.
Level of Care: Moderately Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"

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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, colors and sizes may vary.

*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a *Guarantee Restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restircted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to mal nutrition.