Jawfish will make a great addition to any reef or fish only tank. They are great fish to watch and will keep you entertained. They need to be kept in a tank with a minimum of 4 inches of mixed substrate because they like to build burrows by moving the sand with heir mouth. They like to be able to see everything in the tank and will likely build their burrow right in the center of the tank. Jawfish are called mouthbreeders, which means they hatch their eggs in their mouth. You can keep a male and female in the same tank if it is large enough for two burrows. As a defense mechanism they will spit sand at other fish that come close to their burrow. When frightened they will hide in their burrow or try and jump out of the tank so be sure you have a tight lid on your tank. When its time to eat they will dart out of the burrow get the food and then dart back in. If you notice that they aren’t eating try-placing food by the entrance of their burrow so they can get it easier. They are carnivores and will eat mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and other meaty frozen foods. They should be fed a minimum of 3 times a day.
Tank Recommendation (min): 25 gallon
Water Conditions: 76-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
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