Re: NANFA-- Hogsucker

Christopher Scharpf (
Mon, 09 Sep 2002 13:29:19 -0400

> This is the same experience that I have had with hogsuckers. They do
> fantastic for several months to a year or so, then up and die for no
> apparent reason.

This has been my experience too. I suspect two things:

1) They're not getting the proper diet and amount of food.

2) In the wild they're a social species, usually occurring in shoals or
small schools. Many aquarium species are solitary. I wonder if keeping a
large group of them -- 10 or more -- will help with longevity.

> I wonder if a bed of 'live sand' in a very large tank would be the ticket?

I've wondered the exact same thing. I've had a 70 gallon (with trickle
filter and chiller, a former reef tank) sitting empty in the basement for a
few years now. My plan has been to collect "live" river sand and see if it

Chris Scharpf
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