Hogfish

About Hogfish

Size:
Medium
Group:
Saltwater
Temperament:
Non-aggressive
Aquarium Size:
Large (50 gal)
Swimming Region:
Bottom
Fish Water Condition:
Suitable Tank Mates:
Angelfish, Rabbitfish, Filefish, Butterflies, Parrotfish, Puffers and Tangs
Difficulty Of Care:
Weekly care
Hogfish General description


Hogfish are a reef-dwelling species of wrasse extremely popular in the modern aquarium trade. They possess a long, pig-like snout, that they use to search for crustaceans buried in the ocean floor and it is this behavior that gives the hogfish its name. Hogfish are also characterized by their rectangular shaped and laterally compressed bodies. All hogfish are protogynous hermaphrodites and are able to change sex over the course of their life. Most species also undergo drastic changes in coloration and body patterns when they reach adulthood, making the juveniles of the species significantly different in appearance to their adult counterparts.


Hogfish are a reef-dwelling species of wrasse extremely popular in the modern aquarium trade.


Origins


Hogfish are native to the Western Atlantic Ocean.


Color


Hogfish are a vibrantly colored species of fish that come in dark shades of red, yellow, maroon, green, blue, brown and black. Their bodies are also often covered in intricate patterns and markings.


Maintenance and care

Hogfishes are a fairly hardy and disease resistant species of fish that are able to adapt to life in the aquarium quite easily. They are also generally a peaceful species of fish and make excellent additions to most community aquariums. Adults can however turn territorial towards newer tank mates and other hogfishes. For this reason it is important when keeping groups of hogfish in the same aquarium to introduce them all to the tank at once.


Hogfishes are active predators and should not be housed with smaller species of fish. They will also actively hunt small species of crustaceans and worms kept in the aquarium.


Hogfishes do best when housed in aquariums with a large amount of coral and a soft sand substrate. They should also be provided with a fair amount of open space in which to swim in.


Hogfishes are a fairly hardy and disease resistant species of fish that are able to adapt to life in the aquarium quite easily.


Feeding


Hogfishes are carnivores and should be fed on a varied diet of meaty foods like worms, snails, shrimp, mussels, squid and small fish.


Breeding


Little information exists on the topic of breeding hogfishes in the home aquarium. Most species of hogfishes sold in the marine aquarium trade are wild caught specimens.


Aquarium varieties


Axilspot Hogfishes, Coral Hogfishes, Red Diana Hogfishes, Spanish Hogfishes, Yellow Candy Hogfishes, etc.


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Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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