Care Level: Moderate to Difficult
Main Diet: Carnivore (small fish, crustaceans)
Compatibility: Aggressive, should be kept alone or with larger, aggressive tank mates
Reef Safe: No, may prey on smaller fish and invertebrates
Adult Size: Up to 10 inches
Suggested Tank Size: 75+ gallons
The Cockatoo Waspfish, scientifically known as Ablabys taenianotus, is a unique and intriguing marine fish that requires a moderate to difficult level of care. With its striking appearance and interesting behavior, it can be a captivating addition to an experienced aquarist's collection.
Being a carnivore, the Cockatoo Waspfish feeds primarily on small fish and crustaceans. Offering a varied diet consisting of high-quality frozen or live foods suitable for carnivorous marine species is essential for their nutritional needs and overall health.
In terms of compatibility, the Cockatoo Waspfish is highly aggressive and territorial. It is best to keep them alone or with larger, aggressive tank mates that can hold their own against their potential aggression. Careful observation and monitoring are required to ensure the well-being of all tank inhabitants.
Reef enthusiasts should also note that the Cockatoo Waspfish is not reef safe. With its predatory nature, it may prey on smaller fish and invertebrates found in a reef environment. Therefore, it is recommended to keep them in a fish-only setup to avoid disruption to the delicate balance of a reef tank.
This species can grow up to 10 inches in length, so a tank size of 75+ gallons is suggested to accommodate their size and provide ample swimming space. The tank should also be furnished with hiding spots and caves to create a secure environment for the Cockatoo Waspfish.
In summary, the Cockatoo Waspfish is a fascinating but challenging addition to a marine aquarium. Its carnivorous diet, aggressive nature, incompatibility with reef tanks, potential adult size of up to 10 inches, and suggested tank size of 75+ gallons make it suitable for experienced aquarists who can provide the necessary care and attention. With proper care, the Cockatoo Waspfish can be a unique and captivating centerpiece in your underwater world.