Related FAQs: Parrotfishes,
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/The Conscientious Marine
Parrotfishes of the Genus
Chlorurus sordidus term. phase, fighting
Genus Chlorurus: Sixteen species.
|Chlorurus bleekeri (De Beaufort 1940),
Bleeker's Parrotfish. West Pacific; Moluccas to Fiji, including
the GBR and Micronesians. Males in Pulau Redang, Malaysia, the
last in Fiji.
|Chlorurus gibbus (Ruppell 1829), the
Heavybeak Parrotfish, aka Steepheaded Parrotfish... a species
complex currently comprising C. gibbus in the Red Sea, C.
strongylocephalus in the Indian Ocean and C. microrhinos
in the west-central Pacific... needs taxonomic review. To twenty
eight inches in length. Below: juvenile, initial and terminal
phases in the Red Sea.
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|Chlorurus microrhinos Bleeker 1854, the
Steepheaded Parrotfish. These off Pulau Redang, Malaysia and Heron
Island, GBR, and Fiji. To twenty eight inches in length.
Pacific Ocean; Australia, Micronesia, Japan.
|Chlorurus sordidus (Forsskal 1775), the
Daisy Parrotfish. Indo-Pacific, Red Sea to Hawai'i. Mainly
feeds on benthic algae. To sixteen inches overall length. A
juvenile and initial phase (female) at right from Pulau Redang,
Malaysia. Below, first row are images from Hawai'i the second
row, first two pix are from the Cook Islands and last one from
Malaysia... of terminal males. A highly variably colored species
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Bowers Parrotfish, Chlorurus bowersi, feeding mostly
Good evening my fellow aquarists:) I would like a little advice, please.
I have a lightly stocked, (12" Vlamingi Tang, 2, 3" Yellow Tangs, 6"
Porcupine Puffer, 8" Coral Rabbitfish, 5" Pink Tail Triggerfish, 3" Huma
Huma Triggerfish) 500 gallon FOWLR system. It is 8x3x3 feet. It is 7
years old, and stocked with 400 pounds of live rock, with the entire
perimeter of the tank available for swimming, unobstructed,
and a 4 inch sand bed. Parameters are Salinity 1.023, Ph: 8.2,
Temperature: 75, Nitrates: 0 (I have vodka dosed for a couple of years
now), no ammonia/nitrite, 20% monthly water changes. I have been wanting
a smaller Parrotfish for years now, and came across a 5" Bowers
<Ah yes, Chlorurus bowersi>
It arrived today looking spectacular.! I researched, before buying, and
found it to reach a maximum length of 13 inches. I also researched and
found my tank parameters, and age, would likely make a nice home for it.
My main question is: what would you recommend I feed this fish?
I feed spectrum Pellet,
<Exactly this; plus anything else you can offer it that it will accept>
Mysis Shrimp, Krill Shrimp, Squid, and Sushi Nori sheets to all my
livestock. I noticed the Bowers began to scrape the live rock when I
introduced him, taking algae I suppose. I also have a 2 inch strip of
purple, red and green algae that runs along the bottom of my tank. I
leave it there as my 3 tangs seem to like to eat it sometimes. Do you
think the Parrotfish will also eat this?
<Possibly; but not likely substantively>
I appreciate any advice from the 'experts" there at WetWebMedia, can give
me here. Thank you very much.
<Thank you for sharing George. Bob Fenner>
Re: Bowers Parrotfish 7/9/12
Thank you for the quick response Mister Fenner. I forgot to mention
earlier, that I also have an excellent Protein Skimmer, as well as a 100
gallon sump, with 50 pounds of Live Rock Rubble in one section. The
Bowers Parrotfish has settled in nicely.! There is no aggression towards
him, other than the standard meet and greet. He loves to graze on the
Live Rock, and also loves to scrape the thick Algae from the bottom
couple inches of the tank. He lives Mysis Shrimp, Frozen Omnivore, and
Herbivore Preparations, and seems to like Octopus and Squid.
I went to my local Chinese market and got some fresh Kelp, and 2 types of
Dried Seaweed. He seems to enjoy nipping at the dried Seaweed. He has
not taken any Spectrum Pellet as of yet, but he has only been in the
tank 36 hours. His favorite food thus far, is fresh Clam from the
Chinese market, placed between a pair of Forceps and lowered into the
tank. As soon as I turn the lights off in the evening, he makes a hasty
retreat to his area in the back, to begin spinning his Cocoon, I
presume. He is indeed a Magnificent fish.! Thank you again for your
advice, it is much appreciated.!
<Thank you for this follow-up George. BobF>