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The Cuban Hogfish is commonly referred to as the Spotfin Hogfish, which has a pinkish orange head and makes a captivating addition to any saltwater aquarium. The brightness and positioning of color can vary considerably depending on the age of the fish. The Cuban Hogfish is semi aggressive in nature and is not a good idea to keep one male Cuban hogfish in company of another male, as it might become aggressive. It should never be housed with smaller fish that form a major part of the diet of this hogfish. The Cuban Hogfish can be housed with Foxface and rabbitfish, grunts and sweetlips, hawkfish, parrotfish, puffers, tangs and surgeons, and live corals. It is hermaphrodite, meaning it changes from females to males, this is the reason why it is so difficult to breed them in captivity. The Cuban Hogfish grows up to 9-11 inches in the wild but is imported much smaller, and should be kept in a tank not less than 30 gallons, a larger aquarium provides a good environment for this species of hogfish. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4, since it prefers the alkaline content of the water to be high. The tank must be decorated with caves and rocks; as these rock structures simulate their artificial coral reef environment. The Cuban Hogfish is carnivorous, preys on other small fishes and also on other invertebrates. The mature adults eat snails, worms, mussels, small fishes that is why it may considered a reef safe species but with caution. The Cuban Hogfish needs moderate care and makes a good choice for an intermediate aquarist.
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