Cockatoo Waspfish

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Cockatoo Waspfish

This species is known as Cockatoo Waspfish, Cockatoo Fish, Leaf Fish, Rogue Scorpion, Cockatoo Leaf-Fish, Cuckatoo Waspfish, Rouge Fish and the correct latin name is Ablabys taenianotus. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Wasp Fish family. (e) It's origin is Western Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This species is poisonous.

Cockatoo Waspfish can grow up to 15 cm what is approximately 5 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 1800cm2 of water surface which is approximately 279 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are medium. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums have at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Cockatoo Waspfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

These fish can be found in Andaman Sea as well.

In nature it lives in shallow waters with medium sized rocks, seagrasses and weeds and it often looks like a leaf on the bottom. Cockatoo Waspfish is active more during the night, when it looks for something to eat.

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