Aiptasia Eating Filefish

Aiptasia Eating Filefish

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Acreichthys
tomentosus


Due to
variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image
provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen


Care Level: Moderate


Temperament: Peaceful


Color Form: Green, Tan


Diet: Omnivore


Reef Compatible: With
Caution


Water Conditions: 72-78?
F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025


Max. Size: 3?"


Origin: Indonesia


Family: Monacanthidae


Minimum Tank Size: 30
gallons


 


 


The Aiptasia
eating Filefish is also known as the Bristletail Filefish, Matted
Leatherjacket, Tomentosus Filefish, or Matted Filefish. The body is a mottled
green, brown, and tan coloration.


It is a shy
fish, and rarely aggressive towards other fish except those of its own genus.
It is best suited for aquariums 30 gallons or larger that does not contain
small invertebrates.


 


The Aiptasia
eating Filefish is known to eat Aiptasia anemone in the home aquarium, but
normally nips at soft and stony corals as well. The diet should include shaved
shrimp, squid, scallop, mysis shrimp, freeze-dried krill soaked in a vitamin
supplement, and frozen marine algae. The Matted Filefish should be fed small
quantities of food several times per day.


 


These fish
have been known to spawn in captivity, and males are normally large than the
females, having fine bristle-like hairs on each side of their body down the
caudal peduncle or base of the tail.