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Bicolor Parrotfish
Cetoscarus bicolor
Bicolor Parrotfish
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Size: 2.5-3 inches
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Generally Peaceful
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Omnivore, algae,sheet algae, chopped mysid, meaty, large pellet
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe: Monitor
Minimum Tank Size: 280 gallon
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The Bicolor Parrotfish is commonly referred to as Bicolor Parrotfish, Irobudai, Loro de manchas rojas, and Two-color parrotfish.. The younger Bicolor Parrotfish is white in color with thin stripe of orange across the face. It features orange caudal fins as well as dorsal fins that make a stunning and captivating fish in any tank. And, as the Bicolor Parrotfish grows its color changes from white to blue, and stripes get transformed to spots along with the fins in additional hues. It is named appropriately as the Bicolor Parrotfish, due to presence of joined teeth that forms a beak shape giving a resemblance to a parrot?s beak. Although it is peaceful species, its care level is quite difficult to achieve in captivity. Since the Bicolor Parrotfish can grow relatively larger in size, it must be kept in a tank not less than 30 gallon as a juvenile. It constantly grazes for food. The Bicolor Parrotfish grows up to 30 inches in length in the wild but is typically imported at 2-4 inches. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH of 8.1-8.4 as it prefers alkaline content of the water to be high. Since the Bicolor Parrotfish is not a deep swimmer in wild, it needs brightly lit aquarium. Also, the aquarium should comprise plenty of live coral or rock, and plants at the bottom of it to simulate their natural habitat. The Bicolor Parrotfish is omnivores in its feeding habit, and its diet should be supplemented with herbivore preparations like algae, planktons, etc and meaty foods as well. Since it may nip over the hard corals, it is not considered a reef safe species.
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The color of the Bicolor Parrotfish changes with maturity. As a juvenile, the coloration is white with an orange band across the face, and orange at the dorsal and caudal fins. The mature fish has a blue body with a spotted face and additional colors at the fins. The name, "Parrotfish" comes from the shape of the mouth. The teeth are fused together to form a "beak" that resembles a parrot's.Bicolor parrotfish sleep in slimy bubbles. Before going to sleep in a reef hole, this parrotfish spins a cocoon around its body. The slimy bubble hides the fish?s scent. This protects the parrotfish from nighttime predators like moray eels, which hunt by their sense of smell. This fish will bite chunks out of rock for the algae growing on it, the stomach takes the nutrients and a fine sand is produced as waste, therefore, a large parrotfish like the bicolor parrotfish can produce up to 2,200 pounds (1 metric ton) of sand per year.This fish will grow up to 30 inches in length.
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