Yellowhead Jawfish- Juveniles

(11 customer reviews)


Care Level: Beginner

Minimum Tank Requirements: 20 Gallons

Diet: Carnivore

Reef Safe: Yes

Temperament: Peaceful

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Yellowhead jawfish, Opistognathus aurifrons, are the Florida variety of this species, which is much prettier than the pearly head variety found in the rest of the Caribbean. Yellowhead Jawfish are easy to care for and will eat most prepared foods. If you’re hoping to get them to spawn, make sure that they are fed some sort of high quality conditioning food, and keep them on a long day (14hr) photoperiod. The adults may try to jump out of the tank on dark nights, so keep the tank covered at all times.

This listing is for juvenile Jawfish. They are pretty small – somewhere around 1 to 2 inches in length. At this point in life, they have not developed into males or females and they are just juveniles. As they grow older, they will mature into whichever sex is needed in the tank. For example, if you get two small ones from us, one would turn in to a male and one in to a female. They will then become a mated pair as they grow to maturity.

Yellowhead Jawfish are seasonal for us. We start to see them in May through October. Every year’s availability will be different and we normally start out with smaller juveniles in the begging in the season. Pairs of Yellowhead Jawfish can be found through out the season.


Please Note: Any new fish purchased from us or from a local pet store should to be quarantined. All fish from anywhere in the wild can be possible carriers of bacteria and protozoa that can lead to an infection in your system, so we always recommend that you use some sort of quarantine system prior to adding them to your system. If you have a fish only system and can medicate the whole system, you may not need a separate quarantine tank. If you have a reef system that cannot be medicated, a good ultraviolet sterilization system should prevent any kind of disease outbreak. We medicate our system for bacterial infections and protozoans, but because we don’t always hold our fish for long periods of time, there is no way to be sure all the protozoan cysts have been killed. A little bit of prevention will save you lots of trouble down the line.

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Dimensions 1 × 1 × 1 in

11 reviews for Yellowhead Jawfish- Juveniles

  1. hazynmay (verified owner)

    The testimony’s are all the same but they ring true every time. I had been wanting a pair of Jawfish for a very long time, and I finally ordered them from and, big surprise; they came dead. Ordered again and they were infested with parasites and died within 2 hours of unboxing😣
    Then I ordered from KPaquatics and they both came alive healthy and jumping!! Started their burrows immediately and where eating right after unboxing!! It was amazing! Now 6 months later, they are the happiest fish and defiantly my favorites!! If you have any doubt, order from these amazing folks! They live up to their business and don’t let beautiful creature waste away and die.

  2. Rhonda Taylor (verified owner)

    Great fish and super fun to watch. My favorite fish in my 150 gallon reef tank. They arrived fast and healthy. Expect them to hide for a few days, and mine have been receptive to digging their burrows right up front with the encouragement of a short piece of pvc pipe placed where I wanted them for best viewing!

  3. Rhonda Taylor (verified owner)

    I ordered 2 juveniles, they arrived in great condition. They hid for a few days which is normal, but now they are out all the time and built their burrows right where I encouraged them to by digging out a little cave for them. Very happy! Thank you

  4. Rhonda Taylor (verified owner)

    I ordered 2 juveniles, they arrived in great condition. They hid for a few days which is normal, but now they are out all the time and built their burrows right where I encouraged them to by digging out a little cave for them. Very happy!

  5. mnewman (verified owner)

    A lot smaller than the last pair I bought from here. I understood that it would be but next time I’ll buy another pair instead. Just received today so he’s currently hiding somewhere but they pair I bought previously are healthy and doing great spitting sand out every morning and covering their hole back up at night. Giving five stars because he was healthy and delivered alive.

  6. atroye (verified owner)

    I got two juvenile yellow heads and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. From the moment I opened the box they’ve been active and not shy at all. No stress what so ever and healthy . Beautiful fish. This was my first time ordering from this site but it won’t be my last. Thank you kp aquatics!

  7. Anthony (verified owner)

    Beautiful! Great looking fish. Very healthy.

  8. Jennifer (verified owner)

    I ordered 2 of the juveniles jawfish. Both are gorgeous and have made their burrows! My kids and I love watching their antics!!

  9. Michael (verified owner)

    I ordered a pair of these. They arrived next day and were very active during acclimation and introduction. One shot straight into a gap between two rocks and is still hiding there. The other followed but came to the base of the rock and immediately began to burrow. It dug out a big burrow right in the front center of the tank. I thought it was a perfect spot, apparently the fish did not. It’s moved out and changed location to a spot unknown.
    I’m so happy that Philip and Kara do what they do. I’ve never been disappointed.

  10. Albert (verified owner)

    I ordered two juveniles and they are currently residing in my nano. They hid for a couple days but now love to hover above the burrows. Fun fish!

  11. Steven (verified owner)

    Strikingly Beautiful fish. He hid for a few days but came out right in the corner of the tank. Very Skittish fish but very neat to watch building his burrow. A+ KPaquatics.

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