Spanish Hogfish

Spanish Hogfish

Bodianus rufus

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Care Facts

Size: 2.5-3.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Western Atlantic
Acclimation Time: 3+ Hours
Reef Safe: Monitor
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 150 Gallons
The Spanish Hogfish, Bodianus rufus, features a patch of blue highlight on a golden-yellow body. As a juvenile, It can be a beneficial cleaning fish for your tank, since it  pick parasites off of its tank mates. However, they will grow out of this behavior as an adult. They are also diurnal which means they are active during the day, and can be found burying themselves in the sand bed during at night. The Spanish 
The Spanish Hogfish is a very hardy tropical reef fish species that will do well in larger aquariums with strong filtration and good water movement. It is very active swimmer that appreciates adequate space in the aquarium in which it swims along with small to moderate amounts of live rock.
It is aggressive towards smaller, peaceful fish that are easily bullied, and will nip at and eat smaller inverts like Sea Urchins, Hermit Crabs, Worms, Clams and Snails, and is not considered safe for a reef tank or environment. 
The Spanish Hogfish is carnivorous and should be fed a diet that includes Mysis and Brine Shrimp either frozen or live along with a wide variety of other vitamin enriched frozen meaty foods. The Spanish Hogfish should not be kept with crustaceans, invertebrates or small fish unless they are intended as food items. 

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