Cuban Hogfish (Bodianus pulchellus)
Max Size: 8 inches
Reef Compatible: With Caution. May eat crustaceans.
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons
The Cuban Hogfish, also known as the Spotfin Hogfish, exhibits a delightful pinkish-orange hue on its head and body. Towards the caudal region and tail, the coloration lightens, sometimes even approaching a yellow tone. The specific brightness and arrangement of these colors can vary significantly, adding to its charm.
To accommodate its need for ample swimming space, a tank of at least 125 gallons is essential for housing an adult Cuban Hogfish. This species proves to be an excellent choice for novice aquarists who possess a large tank. It displays a docile nature and generally coexists peacefully with other animals and invertebrates, except crustaceans. It is recommended to house tank mates that are larger than a Wrasse, as the Cuban Hogfish may appear intimidating, especially during feeding time.
In terms of diet, the fully-grown Cuban Hogfish relishes a varied menu that includes snails, worms, mussels, small fish, shrimp, and squid. Providing this diverse range of food ensures their nutritional needs are met, contributing to their overall well-being and vitality in the aquarium environment.