The Six Lined Soapfish (Grammistes sexlineatus) is also known as the Skunk Six Stripe Soapfish, Golden-striped Soapfish, Black and White Striped Soapfish, and the Chain-Gang Sea Bass. The juvenile Six Lined Soapfish has six black and white evenly spaced stripes running horizontally along the length of its body. As it becomes an adult, the white stripes get smaller until they become a dotted pattern with the black stripes fading to a brown, at this point they form a blue coloration on the edges of the tail and fins.
Like the Groupers, the Six Lined Soapfish is an ambush predator and will spend much of their time hiding and watching for easy prey. They're found in rock crevices along the coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific. They like to feed on invertebrates and will eat any fish or invertebrates it can swallow. They are best kept in an aquarium with other fish its own size as smaller fish & invertebrates are guaranteed to be eaten. They are definitely a big eater. They prefer eating a wide variety of meaty seafood such as fish fillets, shrimp, clams, scallops and uncooked prawns.
Six Lined Soapfish 6-10 cm
Six Lined Soapfish
Scientific Name Grammistes sexlineatus Origin Indo-Pacific Max Size 25 cm Reef Safe With Caution Min Tank Size Medium Diet Carnivore Care Level Moderate Temperament Aggressive