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Coral Hogfish
Bodianus mesothorax
Coral Hogfish
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Size: 2.5-3.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Docile
Reef Safe: Not with Shrimp
Diet: Meaty, Feeder Shrimp
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
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The Coral Hogfish features a reddish-purple on the front half of its body and yellow-white in the back half, which makes it a captivating fish in any tank. It is commonly known as Eclipse Hogfish, Splitlevel Hogfish or Mesothorax Hogfish, which is a very hardy fish but one of the least friendly of the Hogfish genus. But the juveniles show a purplish body with bright yellow spots along the spine. The Coral Hogfish is related to wrasses and behaves in much the same manner. It is active swimmer and is best to keep in a tank with plenty of room for swimming. The Coral Hogfish needs a well decorated aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, e.g. caves and crevices to give an opportunity to carry out its natural browsing behavior in captivity. Juveniles act as ?cleaner-fish?, since it picks up the parasites and dead scales off from other fishes but as it grows up, this behavior stops. Feed your hogfish a meaty variety of foods that may include pellets, frozen formulas, shrimp, scallops and mussels. The Coral Hogfish can be housed with tank mates like angels, tangs, damsels and some of the more peaceful triggers. It is known to overturn corals while searching for food, so the Coral Hogfish may be considered reef safe but with caution.
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A great fish for the community aquarium.These Wrasse serve the reef as cleaners in the wild and do well in the home aquarium. They should be provided with ample swimming room.The family of Hogfish are members of the Wrasse family, but because of their different shapes they have been given their own name. These fish are known for their rooting behavior, which lends to their name Hogfish. They will sometimes burrow beneath the sand when frightened.
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