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Princess Parrotfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Princess Parrotfish
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The color of the Princess Parrotfish, also known as Princess Parrot, or Princess Green Parrotfish, depends upon the gender. Females are white with brown to orange horizontal stripes and a yellow tail. The males have a checkerboard-blue body with shades of yellow, purple, and green along the body and fins.

The name, "Parrotfish" comes from the shape of the mouth. The teeth are fused together to form a "beak" that resembles a parrot's.

A 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of swimming room is required. The aquarium should contain live rock and hard corals (skeletons are acceptable). The Princess Parrotfish will eat algae off the corals and rocks, chewing on the hard corals to eat the animals within.

It should also be fed a variety of herbivore preparations, flaked foods, and meaty preparations.

Fish Facts

Name: Princess Parrotfish (Scarus taeniopterus)

Family: Scaridae

Range: Caribbean

Size: Up to 14 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: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Spawner

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