Princess Parrotfish – Scarus taeniopterus


Care Level: Expert

Minimum Tank Requirements: 150 gallon

Diet: Algae, small organisms

Reef Safe: No

Temperament: Peaceful

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Princess Parrotfish – Scarus taeniopterus, usually swim within reef boundaries that stop to scrape corals and rocks for algae. During the princess parrotfishes  juvenile phase this fish has 3 black stripes along with two white strips visible. Later in their initial phase the stripes tend to fade away to a brownish color. Finally, the terminal phase of this fish show a blue to green color. Though this parrotfish can have very pretty colorations, it is rather hard to care for. These fish tend to have higher disease rates in closed systems due to their diet. Expert aquarists that have a suitable system have had success caring for this fish. In the ocean these can be seen traveling together in packs swimming and scraping algae as they go along.


Small: 1 to 3 inches

Medium: 3 to 5 inches

Large: 5 to 8 inches

XL: 8 to 12 inches

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