Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Axilspot Hogfish, Bodianus axillaris
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Axilspot Hogfish
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Axilspot Hogfish (Bodianus axillaris )
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 8"
Color Form Black, Red, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
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Origin Fiji, Indonesia, Vanuatu
Family Labridae
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Captivatingly colorful and loaded with personality, the Axilspot Hogfish is also referred to as the Panda Hogfish, or Polkadot wrasse. Juveniles are brown to black in coloration with nine white spots. As the Axilspot Hogfish matures, three stunning false eyes will adorn the contrasting coloration ranging from its fuchsia head to a sunshine yellow tail. An abrupt angle down the midpoint of the body marked in white makes this hogfish appear half-dipped in shadow, half in light.

A 70 gallon or larger aquarium with hiding places should be provided. The Axilspot Hogfish is a very peaceful fish that adjusts quickly to most aquariums. If more than one Axilspot Hogfish is going to be added to the tank, it is very important to do this simultaneously as they will be slightly territorial among themselves. When full grown, mature Axilspot Hogfish may take a liking to smaller ornamental shrimp that are introduced after the hogfish is established in the reef aquarium.

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.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"; Juvenile Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Juvenile Medium: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"

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