Orange Toadfish (Opsanus beta) Care
The Orange Toadfish, Opsanus beta, is also known as the Gulf Toadfish. These fish come from the Western Atlantics, from Florida down to Brazil. They are typically an orange to brown color. These unusual fish are not active swimmers and remain still much of the time waiting for prey to come close enough to attack. They use a bait-like appendage, called the esca, to attract prey within striking distance.
Anglers are carnivores and should be fed a diet of small feeder shrimp and fish, preferably marine species. They may eat tankmates, including fish and inverts their own size. They should be fed at least a couple of times a week.
These hardy fish can grow up to a foot long and therefore require an aquarium of at least 100 gallons. They will typically not bother larger fish, inverts, and corals.
Approximate Purchase Size
Less than 7″