Coral Hogfish

Latin name: (Bodianus mesothorax)

Care Level





Black, Red, Yellow



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

70 gallons



The Coral Hogfish is an excellent addition to a marine aquarium. Its reputation as a parasite-eating fish makes it a great asset to any saltwater tank. In addition to being a great cleaner, this species is also highly active and entertaining to watch. It is important to note that the Coral Hogfish is not suitable for a tank with smaller, docile fish, as it can be aggressive and easily bully them. To ensure the health and wellbeing of all the fish, the Coral Hogfish should be kept in a 70 gallon or larger fish-only tank.

The Coral Hogfish is a mature adult species that is known for its diet of various seafood items. It will feed on snails, worms, mussels, small fish, shrimp, and squid. This dietary behavior allows the Coral Hogfish to thrive in their natural environment, making it a successful species. Additionally, the Coral Hogfish is a resilient and adaptable species, allowing them to survive in a wide range of habitats. Their diet makes them a viable species in the wild.

Approximate purchase size for juvenile small 3/4″ to 1 1/4″ is approximately 100-300 square inches. Approximate purchase size for medium 1 1/4″ to 2″ is approximately 400-600 square inches. Approximate purchase size for adult small is 2″ to 3″ is approximately 600-800 square inches. Approximate purchase size for medium is 3″ to 4″ is approximately 800-1200 square inches. Approximate purchase size for large is 4″ to 7″ is approximately 1200-2000 square inches.

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