FAQs about Squirrelfishes and Soldierfishes,
Family Holocentridae, Behavior
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Holocentrid beh., sel. 2/19/13
Also Bob, regarding the Squirrelfish... You mention they are
interesting, does this mean active as well?
I like active fish so that's what I assumed when I read that. I
just put him in the tank yesterday and all he does is sit in the
rocks... Rather boring. Should I give it time or are these fishes
much less active?
<Holocentrids are mostly active at night, in the near-dark. BobF>
Big Eye Squirrelfish, beh. 11/12/10
My big eye red squirrelfish is acting CRAZY lately. I have a 250g fish
only tank, 2 puffers, groupers (clown and panther), and a harlequin
<Mmm, any of these fishes could be harassing your Squirrel>
Squirrel has been eating fine, but acting nuts. He darts around
Swims backwards. Is paler than normal, more white then red. Its as if
there is a ghost in the tank and it keeps spooking him. I've had
him for about 5 years and he's never been like this.
<Perhaps one of the tankmates, but could be a reflection (internal,
you might well not see it/this from outside the tank). My usual
suggestion here to darken (tape a piece of paper) one end of the
tank/system. If all the fishes were "skittish" I might
suggest looking/testing for stray voltage...