Chlorurus strongylocephalus
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Facts

Latin name Chlorurus strongylocephalus - (Bleeker, 1855)
Common name Steephead parrotfish
Family Scaridae - Chlorurus
Origin East Indian Ocean, West Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, The Red Sea, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific
Max length 70.0 cm (27.6")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 5000 l (1319 gal)
Hardiness Average
Suitable for aquarium Not suitable for home aquarium
Reef safe Not reef safe
Aggressiveness Unknown

Food

Recommended
  • Microalgae (Eg. spirulina)
  • Macroalgae (Eg. seaweed / nori)
  • Large polyp stone coral (LPS)
  • Small polyp stone coral (SPS)

Demand a very large aquarium when fully grown

This species needs a very large aquarium when fully grown.

Exactly how big the aquarium should be is hard to say, but the size of this species is such, that it cannot normally be kept in a home aquarium.

Heavy load

This species eats a great deal and demands an aquarium that can tolerate such a heavy load.

Requires plenty of space for swimming.

This species revels in swimming and requires an aquarium with ample space.

Family description (Scaridae)

Parrotfish (Scaridae) are effective algae eaters for the reef, but some species will also live off rock corals.
Many of these fish will grow too big for most domestic aquaria, although there are some exceptions.

Parrotfish will generally eat a lot and often, which must be taken into account.
It is an advantage to have lots of algae in the aquarium which they can graze on. 

These fish will sleep in a mucus cocoon between stones. 

The species most often seen in tanks is Scarus quoyi, which is suitable for coral aquaria. It does have a large appetite, so the aquarium must have good filtration. 

FishBase

Aquarium trade Rarely
Distribution Indian Ocean: East Africa to southwest Indonesia, north to the Andaman Sea (Ref. 9710). The species complex comprise of Chlorurus gibbus in the Red Sea, Chlorurus strongylocephalus in the Indian Ocean and Chlorurus microrhinos in th
English common names Indian Ocean steephead parrotfish
Danish common names Stejlpandet indisk papegøjefisk

References and further reading

About references

Bob Fenner. Parrotfishes, Family Scaridae - Wet Web Media - (English)
Scott W. Michael. 2009. Wrasses and Parrotfishes (Reef Fishes Series Book 5) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Joshua Wiegert. Parrotfish: Good or Bad for the Hobby? - Tropical Fish Hobbyist - (English)

Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).

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