Rabbitfish & Foxfaces
Omnivorous, but mostly herbivorous; algae and some small meaty foods, including brine shrimp, krill, clam, mussel, squid, and mysis shrimp; supplements of plant matter highly suggested.
Docile; peaceful; will inflict powerful and painful sting if startled or threatened; becomes more aggressive with age as they establish their territory; aggressive towards other rabbitfish and foxface.
Community and Invert Safe; Reef Safe with caution (may nip at polyps if insufficient plant matter provided).
Foxfaces and Rabbitfish are hardy marine fish, similar to tangs and surgeonfish. Most are some shade of yellow, with blue, silver or brown markings. They may be kept singly or in pairs in a home aquarium. They typically form pairs when they are around 4 inches long and the pairs are believed to last until one of the partners die. Different species of Foxface or Rabbitfish should not be mixed, but they can be housed with other members of their own species, especially when young. Older specimens form pairs in the wild and should ideally be given the same opportunity in the aquarium.
These fish are considered reef compatible with caution, because they are known to nip at some soft and hard coral polyps, especially if not fed well enough in the aquarium.
They are mostly herbivorous and feed on algae growing on rock and coral bases, but may turn to feeding on polyps if algae is scarce. They will not bother smaller fish and mobile invertebrates. In the aquarium, it is important to provide the fish with a varied plant and algae-based diet. Natural algae growth in the aquarium will be appreciated, allowing them to graze as they would on the reef.
Foxface and Rabbitfish can look blotched or discolored when stressed or frightened. They may also appear with these strange coloration late at night or early in the morning when the light in the tank changes. The blotches help them to blend with rocks while they rest at night. When the fish feels at ease the color should return to normal.
Foxfaces and Rabbitfish have venomous dorsal and anal spines. These spines are used for defense and protection. Most accidental stings or injuries occur when aquarists make contact with these spines while cleaning the tank or catching the fish, so use caution when performing routine maintenance duties.
We always suggest that you do further research before adding a new pet to your tank. What we have provided for you are guidelines and suggestions. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our fish room at 717-299-5691 ext. 1213 or [email protected]
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