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Re: 10/03/10 Still confused.... Quarantine tanks...
Parasites... Now Hogfish size, sys. 3/12/10
How big in captivity does the Cuban Hogfish get?
Says 11" overall, apprx. how large in captivity?
<You should plan for it to reach this size, or at least provide the
space for it to do so should it be able. Simon>
Keeping a Bodianus bimaculatus, sys.
5/23/07 Hey WWM, I officially have no fish in my tank when I
wasn't able to nurture by clown goby back to health, he was an
extremely difficult fish to feed and I had no Acropora present. He
had a sunken stomach and eventually passed away. <A very/too common
fate with Gobiodon in captivity> So my tank has been
established for a little more than 6 months now and was looking to get
about 2-3 fish for my system which is going to be reef. I was
considering Bodianus bimaculatus , figuring it is one
of the best hogs for a reef. I don't know much about
them though, what do they feed and will my 36g be large
enough for it? Thanks Joe <Not IMO. Too small a volume.
Re: Using WWM 5/23/07 Thanks for the reply, I
didn't know much on the Candy hog, had a hard time looking
up information. I am considering getting A cardinal (
banner, the black and white one), a firefish, and a Flasher
wrasse. How would a flasher wrasse do in my system?
Typically the reef safe smaller ones, if all of them are not. Again my
tank is 36 gallons with 45 pounds of live rock. <Again... See here:
Cuban hogfish <hlth., sys.> and other questions... Refugium
algae... 1/31/07 Hello Crew, thanks for this great
outlet of information. I have a Cuban hogfish around 3
inches I have had for about a month. I initially had him in
a 10 gal quarantine tank but a week ago I put him in my 29 gal reef
refugium (5" DSB) to give him more room. Almost the
whole time I have had him he has hidden behind whatever available
structure that was in the tank. He has eaten little since
his arrival. <Not atypical, or to be unexpected...> I feed him
live ghost shrimp, scallops, and dried anchovies. He snubs
any pellet/ flake food offered thus far. <Time, patience...> For
day upon a time he will just hide and not come out when the food is
offered. <Also reasonable behavior> If I take out his hiding
place he will swim around and explore but as soon as the structure is
replaced back to the hole he goes. What can I do, if anything to speed
up his acclimation to aquarium life? <Mmm, little... this species
needs much more room... and time> He is the only fish in the tank
including the (46 gal) reef tank. Do you think putting a
saltwater acclimated molly in the tank would stimulate him from his
hiding spot? <Mmm, maybe> Also do these fish have a broom like
fins, like the broom-tailed Wrasse? <Not really>
I'm wondering because his fins look uniformly ratty.
<Likely resultant/shipping damage... will repair in time of its own
accord> I have one other unrelated question. Would I be better off
buying more algae for a mud/algae (mud less at this time) sump to lower
nitrates or building a coil denitrator? <Either perhaps... maybe
both> This is for a 120 gal reef tank with a full bio
load. I currently have a 27 gal sump with two types of algae
in it. The lights in the sump are on 24/7. <... Depending on the
species... Really only Caulerpaceans can be illuminated continuously...
other algae require a/the dark period...> Thanks again for this
site. Chad <Thank you for your letter. Bob Fenner>
Re: Cuban hogfish and other questions... HLLE
issues 1/31/07 Thanks for the reply. Do you think
I should go ahead and place the hogfish in the 46 gal reef tank? He was
placed in the 29 gal so I could keep a close eye on him. Eventually
after he becomes more boisterous I will transfer him into the 120 gal
reef tank. <I would do this straight-away... You are aware of the
possibility of a Bodianus species consuming crustaceans et al. I take
it> The fish's lateral line seems slightly exposed from about
the middle of his body the base of his tail. Should I be worried?
<Mmm, no... you should be aware, pro-active... could very well be
neuromast destruction/HLLE beginnings> I have a Passer Angle
<Angel> fish that developed hole in the head (which is now
healing fine) it seemed like a day after I placed him in this 46 gal
tank. He was in there to fortify before going into the 120. <Good
plan> Does the erosion take place that fast <Can> or do you
think it could have taken place in the quarantine tank and just went
unnoticed? Thanks again and it is truly an honor to hear from you. Chad
<Mmm, and you. Bob Fenner> Cuban hogfish Hello
<<And hello to you.>> I just bought a Cuban Hogfish for my
120 gallon fish only aquarium. He is only about 2in. big. I was
wondering how fast he would grow and to what size? <<Speed of
growth will depend on how much you feed. Size... fishbase.org has the
Bodianus pulchellus at 28.5 cm max - that's over 11" - you can
read up on the hogfish here:
>> Thank you for all your help. <<You are quite welcome.
Cheers, J -- >>