Bicolor Goatfish (Parupeneus barberinoides) Care
The Bicolor Goatfish, Parupeneus barberinoides, is also known as the Half and Half Goatfish. These fish come from the Western Pacific Ocean. The front half of the body is a dark red color and the back is yellow, these two sections are separated by a white band. There are two white horizontal bands on the red section and a small black spot on the yellow section.
Goatfish are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as fresh and frozen seafood, including mysis and brine shrimp and chopped squid, scallops, fish flesh, shrimp, clam, etc.
The Bicolor Goatfish requires a covered aquarium of at least 125 gallons with plenty of live rock, sand, and room to swim. They will sift through the sand for tiny inverts, crustaceans, and worms.
These fish are considered reef safe “with caution” because although they won’t typically bother corals, they will eat invertebrates.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1” to 1½”
Small-Medium: 1½” to 2½”
Medium: 2½” to 3½”
Medium-Large: 3½” to 4½”
Large: 4½” to 5½”
Extra Large: 5½” to 6½”