Blackbar Hogfish - Atlantic

Blackbar Hogfish - Atlantic

Bodianus speciosus

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Eastern Atlantic
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Reef Safe: Monitor
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
Max Size: 20 inches

The Blackbar Hogfish (Bodianus speciosus) can be found throughout the eastern Atlantic, primarily off of the coast of Africa. Males have a brownish grey body and a bright white posterior, which are separated by a broad, vertical black stripe; the black continues onto the fin. Females are more red in coloration, still having the black stripe and accents on the caudal fin, though, and juveniles are a light blue with a yellow face, and one black spot on their dorsal fin. They primarily inhabit reefs with high amounts of algae for grazing, and feed on a variety of invertebrates, though mainly crustaceans. They reach a maximum size of 20 inches and should be kept with other large fish of similar temperament. 

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