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Spanish Hogfish
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Bodianus rufus

Spanish Hogfish
Quick Stats:   Spanish Hogfish

Family: Labridae
Range: Western Atlantic
Size: Up to 16 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: With caution
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: Juvenile: 55 gallon; Adult: 150 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Group Spawner

The Spanish Hogfish has a patch of blue highlight on the golden-yellow body across the back with violet scale margins.

It is a beneficial fish for a 55 gallon or larger reef tank as a youth, cleaning parasites off of its tank mates. With maturity, however, it will need to be in a 150 gallon or larger fish-only tank, or the reef will become its buffet. It is aggressive towards smaller, docile fish that are easily bullied.

The mature adult Spanish Hogfish will eat snails, worms, mussels, small fish, shrimp, and squid.

 

Photo courtesy of T.F.H. Publications, publishers of the Burgess Atlas.

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