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FAQs on Hogfish Wrasses, Genera Bodianus, Lachnolaimus Systems

Related Articles: Hogfish Wrasses, Lachnolaimus maximus

Related FAQs:  Hogfish 1, Hogfish 2, Lachnolaimus maximus, Hogfish Identification, Hogfish Behavior, Hogfish Compatibility, Hogfish Selection, Hogfish Feeding, Hogfish Disease, Hogfish Reproduction, Wrasses, Wrasse Selection, Wrasse Behavior, Wrasse Compatibility, Wrasse Feeding, Wrasse Diseases,  

Plan on room for growth.

Re: 10/03/10 Still confused.... Quarantine tanks... Parasites... Now Hogfish size, sys.   3/12/10
Hey Simon,
<Hey Jason>
How big in captivity does the Cuban Hogfish get?
<Quite big>
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. Bob Fenner>

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: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/. RMF> Joe

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: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/marine/fishes/wrasses/bodianus/index.htm >> Thank you for all your help. <<You are quite welcome. Cheers, J -- >>

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