Old Wife Fish

lg 89403 old wife fish
Latin name: (Enoplosus armatus)

Care Level





Black, White



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size

1' 3"

Minimum Tank Size

70 gallons


The Old Wife Fish is an excellent addition to any aquarium, provided the aquarium meets its needs. A 70-gallon tank or larger with plenty of live rock for hiding and supplemental food is ideal. Acclimating more than one Old Wife at the same time is recommended to reduce the possibility of aggression. It is important to note that the first dorsal spine is venomous, causing a reaction similar to a bee sting. Hot water soaking at 100-110ยบ F is the best method for treating the sting. To ensure the health of the Old Wife Fish, a consistent and appropriate tank environment should be maintained.

The diet of the Old Wife Fish should consist of a variety of high quality proteins, including chopped meats, scallops, shrimp, marine fish and dried algae. Proper nutrition is essential for the health and well-being of the Old Wife Fish, so it is important to ensure that their diet is balanced and varied. Additionally, it is important to provide a variety of food types to ensure that the Old Wife Fish receive a variety of essential nutrients. Feeding the Old Wife Fish multiple times a day in small portions is the best way to ensure they receive an adequate diet. Furthermore, providing a varied diet helps to reduce the likelihood of nutritional deficiencies and helps to keep the Old Wife Fish happy and healthy.

The approximate purchase size is 2-1/2″ to 4″.

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