Twinspot Candy Hogfish

Twinspot Candy Hogfish - Bodianus bimaculatus

Bodianus bimaculatus

The Twinspot Hogfish (Bodianus bimaculatus) may also be referred to as the Golden, Yellow, or Twospot Hogfish. It is small and slender with yellow body and a black spot on the gill cover and at the base of the tail. It may have thin reddish stripes or slightly reddish coloration on the upper body.

These fish are found in deeper water than many other species and prefer plenty of rockwork to hide in and graze around. This is one of the smaller hogfish and is suitable for reef aquariums (although it may take some time to acclimate to the more intense lighting as it is normally found in darker, deeper waters).

Hogfish are closely related to wrasses and behave in much the same manner. They are active swimmers and are best kept in a tank with plenty of room for them to swim. They also spend much of their time picking at rockwork in the search for tiny animals living within. Juveniles of many hogfish will act as “cleaner fish”, picking parasites and dead scales off of other fish. This behavior ends or may become harmful to the recipient fish by the time the hogfish is an adult.

Feed your hogfish a meaty variety of foods. They will normally accept most pellets, frozen formulas, shrimp, scallops and mussels. They can be housed with larger community tankmates like angels, tangs, damsels and some of the more peaceful triggers. Hogfish have been known to overturn corals while searching for food but most do not actively prey on corals; use caution when introducing hogfish into any reef system. They may prey on ornamental crustaceans like crabs and shrimp.

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