Hogfish Diana's MDJ
The Diana’s Hogfish has a striking appearance, in both its Juvenile and adult stages. It's an extremely hardy fish that can cohabit with bigger aggressive species.
The Diana's Hogfish undergoes a change in appearance as it matures. As a juvenile, its body is reddish and covered in a mottled pattern of black and white spots. When this species reaches adulthood, its body is a more solid orange/pink colour. Only a few spots remain along the top of its back and these are yellow or white.
Information is limited about Diana's Hogfish's breeding patterns. This is a hermaphroditic species; females change sex if the situation requires a male. They form distinct pairs for breeding and are oviparous. Eggs are released during spawning which hatch into youngsters.
Diana’s Hogfish is found in the Indo-Pacific waters in East Africa, the Red Sea, Sri Lanka, and Fiji. It inhabits reefs and is usually seen at depths of between 6-25 metres, although it can be as deep as 50 metres.
Tank Recommendations for your Diana's Hogfish
The Diana's Hogfish requires a tank that is at least 150 gallons (567 litres).
This is not a reef safe fish, a fish only tank is the most suitable option. The tank should mimic the Hogfishes' natural environment. There should be plenty of hiding places available amongst rockwork. A sand substrate will allow it to forage for food.
The tank should have a large area of open water for swimming, as this is an extremely active fish.
Suitable Tank Buddies
The Diana's Hogfish is a very aggressive species and should be kept apart from small timid fish.
It is possible for juveniles to co-habit with peaceful, non-aggressive tank buddies. However, they will need to be separated as they mature and become more boisterous.
The most suitable tank buddies for adult Hogfish are larger fish, which won't be bullied. Suitable examples include Tangs, Angelfish, and Pufferfish. Juveniles can share a tank with smaller more peaceful species of fish.
The Diana's Hogfish may nip at Eels fins, so caution is advised when housing them in the same tank. Anglerfish/Frogfish, Triggerfish, and Groupers may also need monitoring.
Adults should not co-habit with any small peaceful species. Conspecifics will fight for control of the aquarium. The Diana's Hogfish is also a threat to small invertebrates.
Feeding your Diana's Hogfish
The Diana's Hogfish is carnivorous. Its diet should include small fish, shrimp, squid, snails, worms, and mussels. Feed several times per day.
|Scientific Name||Bodianus Diana|
|Common Names||Diana’s Hogfish, Spotted Hogfish, Diana’s Pigfish, Red Diana’s Hogfish, Red and Gold Hogfish.|
|Max. Length (cm)||25|
|Min. Tank Volume (l)||567|
|Origin||Indo-Pacific; East Africa, the Red Sea, Sri Lanka, and Fiji|
|Water Conditions||22.2-25.5° C (72-78° F), dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025|