Species Name : Bodianus Pulchellus
Care Level : Moderate
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Orange, Red, Yellow
Diet : Carnivore
Reef Compatible : With Caution
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 8"
Origin : Atlantic Ocean
Family : Labridae
Minimum Tank Size : 125 gallons
The Spotfin Hogfish or Cuban Hogfish (Bodianus Pulchellus) is a species of wrasse native to the Atlantic Ocean.
They are popular in the hobby due to their bright colors and relatively small size. A red-orange sheen overlays their head and body with some yellow in the tail and white streak under the mouth running across the pectoral fins. The brightness of this fish varies depending on water conditions and feeding habits. As juveniles, they are almost entirely yellow. It has long nose and large lips. It can grow to about 11” in maximum length but the average size is 8”.
This is a very good fish for the novice with a large tank. Cuban Hogfish needs room to swim, so a tank of at least 125 gallons is needed for an adult. The tank must be decorated with artificial caves and rocks as these structures mimic their artificial coral reef environment. Hogfish can jump, so a lid or canopy is recommended.
As with most hogfish, they are semi-aggressive in nature. They are docile and generally safe with almost every tankmate and invertebrates, except crustaceans as they are part of its natural diet. Preferable tankmates are groupers, angelfishes, hawkfishes, and moderately aggressive triggerfishes. It is not a good idea to keep one male Cuban hogfish in company of another male.
The Cuban Hogfish are hermaphrodites. They change from females to males. This is the reason why it is very difficult to distinguish between the two sexes. Therefore, it becomes very difficult to make them breed in captivity.
Requires a meaty diet, including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, black worms and other meaty type marine-based frozen foods, including flake foods, including those containing Spirulina, and should be fed two or three times per day.
Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2" Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 4"; XLarge: 4" to 5"; XXLarge: 5" and Larger
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