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Spanish Hogfish
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Spanish Hogfish (Bodianus rufus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Blue, Purple, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible Juvenile: Yes; Adult: No
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 10"
Origin Caribbean
Family Labridae
Minimum Tank Size 150 gallons
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Overview

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 cleaning parasites off of its tank mates. The Spanish Hogfish will need to be kept 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.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 7"

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