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Wartskin Frogfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Wartskin Frogfish
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Also referred to as the Warty Frogfish or Wartskin Angler, the Wartskin Frogfish is aptly named, looking more like a rock or piece of coral. The Wartskin's colors can vary widely, from browns to reds, yellows to purples and white. It also has the chameleonic ability of changing color to blend with its surroundings.

A good reef dweller, the Wartskin enjoys perching on coral ledges and requires a tank of at least 30 gallons. The Wartskin Frogfish is a hardy aquarium member, but not recommended for beginners.

The Wartskin feeds by ambush, lying in wait for an unsuspecting fish or crustacean to go by and then lunging forward, grabbing and swallowing the victim whole. The Wartskin has been known to devour fish nearly equal to its own size.

The Wartskin Frogfish should be given feeder fish and shrimp, but do not overfeed as the Wartskin may stop feeding.

Fish Facts

Name: Wartskin Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus)

Family: Antennariidae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: Yes

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Moderate

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