Common Name: juvenile Bicolor Parrotfish, juvenile Two-Color Parrotfish, juvenile Irobudai
Scientific Name: Cetoscarus bicolor
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The Bicolor Parrotfish has different coloration for its adult and juvenile stages. A juvenile Bicolor Parrotfish has a white body with an orange stripe over its face area. The orange stripe often has black stroke lines buffering the color transition. In addition, it may have orange and black coloration on its anal and dorsal fins.
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As adults, the Bicolor Parrotfish color changes completely to blue and green with pink and yellow highlights all over. One of the many changes that happen to this fish during the addition to adulthood is fusing of its teeth to form a beak that resembles a parrot’s – hence parrotfish. The Bicolor Parrotfish can reach a size of 30 inches in length and requires a very large aquarium to swim freely. 300 gallons is the smallest tank advised for the adult form of this fish, but as a juvenile it can be kept in smaller tank in ranges of 50-100 gallons. It is important to remember to rehome this fish once it grows up. When sleeping, parrotfish are known to make a mucus layer over their body to protect themselves at night.
Keeping an adult parrotfish is considered hard especially in a reef aquarium as they can chew on Corals and scrape their teeth on live rocks and damage anything on the rocks when they search for food. This makes feeding the fish correctly very important. In nature, they use their specialized beak like teeth to scrape algae off the reef. It is advised to feed them with live algea (or Nori sheets) clipped to a rock or a dead coral skeleton. In the aquarium, they have been observed to have an omnivorous diet eating Brine and Mysis Shrimp as well as Spirulina and Nori as well as other live algae types available in the hobby. when bigger they can be offered larger meaty foods like Mussels, Clams, Krill and Prawns.
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