Jawfish, Dusky

lg 71123 dusty jawfish
Latin name: (Opistognathus whitehurstii)

Care Level





Black, Tan, Yellow



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons



This fish requires a well-maintained aquarium to thrive. It should be equipped with a 30 gallon or larger tank, with a tight-fitting lid to prevent the fish from jumping out. The aquascape should include rock, small pieces of shell, and loose coral rubble, with a sand bottom for burrowing. This species prefers to be kept with docile tank mates and multiple Dusky Jawfish can be housed together in a large tank where they can establish their own territories. Additionally, regular water changes and maintenance is necessary to keep the tank in optimal health. Furthermore, an adequate filtration system should be in place to ensure water quality is maintained.

The Dusky Jawfish should be fed a diet that is comprised of a variety of marine fish, crustacean flesh, and mysis shrimp. To ensure that the Jawfish receives the proper nutrition, it is important to feed them a selection of food items. As a result, the Dusky Jawfish can grow and thrive in their aquarium environment. Additionally, providing a balanced diet will also benefit the rest of the aquarium inhabitants. Furthermore, it is important to ensure that the food is given in small, appropriate portions, as to avoid overfeeding. This will help to keep the Jawfish and the aquarium healthy.

Approximate Purchase Size:

Gill's Fish