Fish Types

Fish Types

Coral Hogfish

Details

Scientific Name: Bodianus mesothorax
Family: Labridae
Color: black, yellow, red

Fish Care

Fish Diet: Carnivore
Aggressiveness: Highly Aggressive
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
Max Size: 8"
Relative Care: Moderate

Description


The Coral Hogfish, also known as Eclipse Hogfish or Mesothorax Hogfish. Juveniles are burgundy with yellow spots and as they develop into adults they loose the spots and have a burgundy face with rosy-yellow posterior, separated by a black stripe.

It is a beneficial fish for cleaning parasites off of its tank mates. The Coral Hogfish needs to be kept in a 70 gallon or larger fish-only tank, or the reef will become its buffet. It is aggressive towards smaller, docile fish that are easily bullied.

The mature adult Coral Hogfish will eat snails, worms, mussels, small fish, shrimp, and squid.

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