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Bower’s Parrotfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Bower's Parrotfish
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The Bower's Parrotfish is also known as the Orange Spot Parrotfish. The name, "Parrotfish" comes from the shape of the mouth. The teeth are fused together to form a "beak" that resembles a parrot's.

The Bower's Parrotfish should reside in a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of swimming room. The tank should contain live rock and hard corals (skeletons are acceptable) to graze upon. It will chew on hard corals to eat the animals within.

The diet should also consist of a variety of herbivore preparations, flaked foods, and meaty preparations.

Like other parrotfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anthias, Batfish, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Puffers, Squirrelfish and Tangs & Surgeons.

Fish Facts

Name: Bower's Parrotfish (Scarus bowersi)

Family: Scaridae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 13 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 125 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Spawner

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