Orange Dotted Tuskfish (Choerodon anchorago) Care
The Orange Dotted Tuskfish, Choerodon anchorago, is best kept in a FOWLR (Fish Only with Live Rock) aquarium of 300 gallons or more. They can reach a length of 20″ and need large areas to swim in and plenty of rock work as hiding places and sleeping areas. They have an olive green upper body with black and yellow coloring mid-body and a white under belly.
Orange Dotted Tuskfish are know to move rocks and bottom living corals in order to find prey along with disturbing existing sand beds by blowing streams of water looking for food, so ensure the rock work and structures are secure. While they do not eat corals or plants they are known to eat snails, tubeworms, sea stars, cucumbers, urchins, crabs, and shrimp and will also eat smaller fishes, even those slightly larger by first grabbing them and then bashing them against rock work or the side of the tank, then consuming the pieces.
Only keep one male fish per aquarium.
These fish are carnivores and will eat most regular fortified aquarium food such as finely chopped frozen or fresh meaty foods. You can feed them brine, mysis, squid, shrimp, clam and flake and pellet foods two to three times a day.
The Orange Dotted Tuskfish may be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and is often very shy when first introduced into a new aquarium. During this time be prepared to feed it small live marine fish, live feeder shrimp, small crabs and live guppies/mollies.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 2” to 2½”
Small-Medium: 2½” to 3½”
Medium: 3½” to 4½”
Medium-Large: 4½” to 5½”
Large: 5½” to 6½”
Extra Large: 6½” to 7½”
Extra Extra Large: 7½” to 8½”