Blue Lined Sea Bream (Symphorichthys spilurus)
NOTE: This is a special-order fish that requires extra processing time. We will contact you to arrange delivery.
While it certainly has been exciting to watch recent advancements in the captive breeding of marine ornamental fish, the list of commercially available species is so far limited mostly to “reef aquarium” species. So, for lovers of “monster” marine fishes, the captive-bred availability of such a highly desired species as the blue lined sea bream is a very welcome development.
As juveniles, blue lined sea breams (sometimes referred to as sailfin snappers) bear a broad black band that runs horizontally from head to tail; as the individual matures, the silvery background and big dark stripe are replaced by an orange-yellow background with numerous thin blue stripes. Adults usually have a pitch black spot just ahead of the tail; orange stripes cross each eye as well as the back of the head. The anterior rays of the dorsal fin are delicately elongated.
Size and Care Requirements:
- Purchase Size: 2″ or 6″ (length)
- Max Size: 24″ (length)
- Water Parameters:~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, s.g. 1.021-1.023
- Color: (See juvenile coloration above)
- Reef-Safe: No
- Feeding: Carnivorous
This beautiful and exotic snapper is native to the Indo-Pacific Ocean from the Ryukyu Islands to the Great Barrier Reef, the Philippines and the eastern Indian Ocean. Adults are typically found singly near coral reefs over sandy bottoms at depths of around 15-200 feet. Though solitary, it does form large aggregations during spawning events.
Benefits of Aquacultured Livestock
Aquacultured fish offer a huge advantage over wild-caught stock. For example, when cultured and grown out in captivity, they adjust more easily to aquarium life. Better yet, aquacultured specimens can better tolerate shipping stress. Best of all, by purchasing aquacultured fish you support the aquaculture of marine organisms to help make our hobby more sustainable!
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every blue lined sea bream we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we’ll either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.