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January 28, 2014 PetGuide
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Hogfish

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

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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.

Hogfish are native to the Western Atlantic Ocean.

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.

Saltwater HogfishHogfishes 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.

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

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.

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

Photo credit: Kevin Bryant/Flickr; Albert Kok/Flikr


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  • Size: Small
  • Temperament: Community Aggressive
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  • Size: Large
  • Temperament: Non-aggressive
  • Aquarium Size: Large (50 gal)
  • Swimming Region(s): Middle
  • Suitable Tank Mates: Angelfish, Anthias, Clownfish, Boxfish, Rabbitfish and Tangs
  • Difficulty Of Care: Weekly care