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The Lyretail Hogfish is an exceptional fish with its striking reddish-orange face that contrasts with its white posterior and red highlights. Its distinctively long tail is what gives it its name. This fish is truly remarkable in its appearance, making it highly sought after by fish collectors. Furthermore, it is incredibly hardy, making it an ideal choice for any fish tank. Additionally, it is an omnivore, so its diet is easy to maintain.
A 70 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of hiding places is necessary for keeping this species. This species is moderately aggressive and should be housed with other moderately aggressive fish, such as other cichlids, to ensure a balanced and healthy ecosystem in the aquarium. When creating your tank, make sure to leave plenty of swimming space for the fish and to add plenty of rocks and driftwood to provide hiding places. Additionally, monitor the aquarium closely to ensure all fish are getting along. With proper care and a balanced aquarium, this species will thrive.
The Lyretail Hogfish will eat parasites off its tank mates as a juvenile, but as it matures it may like meaty foods such as snails, worms, mussels, and small fish. It may even blow water over the sand to uncover food.