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Saltwater Aquarium Hog Fish

 
   
Hogfish are beautiful fish for the home or office saltwater aquarium. Hogfish feed on small fish, shellfish, and crustaceans, and make very hardy aquarium dwellers that adapt well to captivity. Hogfish can jump, so a lid or canopy is recommended. Provide Hogfish with live rock or other items for ample hiding places, and provide plenty of swimming room. A large tank is recommended to house most Hog Fish sinch they will grow fairly quick.

  Yellow Candy Hog Fish
Bodianus bimaculatus


Description: The Yellow Candy Hogfish is also called the Twospot Hogfish. Candy Hogfish are often used to help control coral pests such as pyramid snails and nudibranchs. While they are harmless to coral, they may eat small motile invertebrates.This is one of the best hogfish for the home aquarium. It is one of the smaller species, attaining a maximum length of 10 cm (3.9 inches).
Recommended Tank size: minimum 55 gallon
Food and diet:The diet consisting of meaty foods including vitamin enriched brine shrimp or mysis shrimp is preferred, as well as a high quality marine flake food.
Reef Compatability: May eat very small shrimps, etc, but it is otherwise reef safe.
Level of Care: Moderate
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 2", Medium 2" to 3", Large 3" to 4"

Small $49.99 Medium $59.99 Large $69.99
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  Cuban Hog Fish
Bodianus pulchellus


Description: This is a very good fish for the novice , it is docile and generally safe with all animals and invertebrates, except crustaceans. Caution is nescassy in a reeftank not to corals, but to your clean up crew, because th mature adult Cuban Hog will eat snails, and shrimp. Also known as the Spotfin Hogfish this type of Hogfish requires a large aquarium of at least 100 gallons. These beautiful fish can grow to about 8" in maximum length and originate in the Caribbean. They are carnivores that should be fed small feed fisher, brine shrimp, mussels, worms and even squid.If you are considering a tankmate for your Cuban Hogfish just make sure they are larger than a Wrasse as this species of Hogfish can become aggressive at feeding time. This makes is harder for smaller fish to get their fill.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 100 gallon
Food and diet:The diet of the Cuban Hogfish should include a variety of small meaty foods, meaty flake, frozen or freeze-dried foods like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill or similar marine meaty fare.
Reef Compatability: With Caution
Level of Care: Great Beginner Fish
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2" Medium: 2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6" ; XLarge: 61/2" to 8"
*(Large and XL are available from our supplier, but the size are special order and may take up to 3 weeks to deliver)

Small $99.99 Medium $129.99 Large $149.99 XLarge $249.99
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  Spanish Hog Fish
Bodianus rufus


Description: Spanish Hogfish are found along coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, where they inhabit relatively shallow water reefs looking for crustacean, invertebrate or small fish prey. They are a fairly large species of reef fish that typically reach upwards of 10" in length and have relatively stout build. The Spanish Hogfish does well with other large fish species like triggers, groupers, etc. and it renowned for their resistance to disease and overall strong constitution. They have attractive coloration and are strong active swimmers that do well in larger aquariums with other large fish tank mates. Spanish Hogfish should not be kept in a reef aquarium or with smaller less aggressive fish species, invertebrate or crustaceans as they will be seen as food items.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 100 gallon
Food and diet:The diet of the Spanish Hogfish should include a variety of small meaty foods, meaty flake, frozen or freeze-dried foods like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, krill or similar marine meaty fare.
Reef Compatability: With Caution
Level of Care: Great Beginner Fish
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2" Medium: 2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6" ; XLarge: 61/2" to 8"
*(Large and XL are available from our supplier, but the size are special order and may take up to 3 weeks to deliver)

Small $39.99 Medium $49.99 Large $79.99 XLarge $179.99
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  Coral Hog Fish
Bodianus mesothorax

Description: The Coral Hogfish, also known as Eclipse Hogfish is reddish-purple on the front half of it's body, seperated from the yellow-gold back half by a diagonal black slash through the pectoral fin to the dorsal. It may also be called the Splitlevel or Blackbelt Hogfish. If you are cpnsidering the Coral Hogfish, it is a very hardy fish but one of the least friendly of the Hogfish genus. Will nip at bivalves, clams, and even eels. This Hogfish does best kept in relatively aggressive aquarium with larger species that will not allow this fish to bully them.
Recommended Tank size: minimum 75 gallon
Food and diet: Feed a varied diet consisting of chunks of meaty foods. These foods include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel.
Reef Compatability: Smaller individuals usually do not cause many problems in the reef aquarium, but as they grow they are a potential threat to snails, worms, and ornamental crustaceans.
Level of Care: Moderate
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile Small 3/4" to 1 1/2"; Adult Medium: 1-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Adult Large: 3-1/2" to 5"

Juvenile Small $34.99 Adult Medium $39.99 Adult Large $69.99
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  Lyretail Hogfish
Bodianus anthioides

Description: One of the most spectacular, and most divergent, of the hogfish species is Bodianus anthioides. It is easily recognized by its deeply incised to emarginate tail and its general form. In some ways it looks more like an anthias than a wrasse, hence its species name anthioides. An Orange, Red, and White fish with a long flowing tail, the Lyretail Hogfish has distinct patterns that have minor changes with maturity. This is a moderately aggressive fish that should only be housed with tankmates of similar temperament such as some Butterflyfish, Hawkfish, Rabbitfish, and Anthias. Adults may display temporary, and possibly permanent sexual dichromatism and appear to be sexually dimorphic, with males attaining larger sizes than females.
Recommended Tank size: A 70 gallon or larger aquarium with hiding places should be provided.
Food and diet: The diet varies with maturity. As a juvenile, the Lyretail Hogfish will eat parasites off its tank mates. With maturity, however, it likes meaty foods such as snails, worms, mussels, and small fish. It will even blow water over the sand to uncover food.
Reef Compatability: Smaller individuals usually do not cause many problems in the reef aquarium, but as they grow they are a potential threat to very small shrimps, etc, but it is otherwise reef safe.
Level of Care: Moderate
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 7"

Small $79.99 Medium $89.99 Large $109.99
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