Aquarium Livestock Pet Care Guides



Tropical Reefs Worldwide

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Omnivorous; needs high protein diet; meaty foods; will eat plankton, clam, brine shrimp, or other similar foods; feed small amounts 3 times a day; do not feed more than they can eat in 3-5 minutes.


Generally peaceful; shy, but will likely spend a good amount of time in the open; needs pristine water conditions.


Community Safe; not invert or reef safe. Can be kept with other community fish; some may be compatible with large Angels, Damsels, Lionfish, Pseudochromis, and Wrasses; use caution when keeping them with invertebrates, anemones, and other filefish

Species Overview

Filefish are found around coral reefs worldwide. Filefish, also known as Leatherjackets, have rough scales and tiny mouths. The first of their two dorsal fins is a spine that can be locked into place. They are related to the "Triggerfish" but are generally much more docile and peaceful in nature. Although they are compatible with most fish of a similar temperament, they are generally not Reef Safe and will pick at corals, polyps, crabs and other invertebrates. They are best kept in a peaceful, fish-only community aquarium. It is recommended that they be kept by experienced aquarists.

Some filefish will not accept commercial diets (pellets, flakes) in the aquarium, but most will accept meaty foods like plankton, clams, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp and similar items. Their small, pointed mouths are designed for picking food items from small holes and crevices on the reef. Small shrimp and crabs may also be seen as food items, and some filefish will also nip corals and polyps.

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

Recommended Items

Frozen Aquarium Food
Freeze Dried Food
Salt Mix
Protein Skimmers
Water Test Kits
Live Rock
Canister filters or Wet/Dry Filter