Foxface Rabbitfish (Siganus vulpinus)
Family: Siganidae (Rabbitfish)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Depth: 3 to 98 ft. Size: 10 in. Jumps: No Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Hair algae, macroscopic algae
Natural History: The Foxface Rabbitfish is found in lagoons and seaward reefs that are rich in coral. It is generally observed singly or in pairs. Juveniles have been observed in schools. This species may associate with Acropora on which it feeds for algae on the dead bases of the coral branches.
Husbandry: The Foxface Rabbitfish is an herbivore that constantly feeds on macroscopic algae and is often used to control hair algae in aquaria. It regularly swallows sand which aids in its digestion of algae. It is generally peaceful in a community tank but may become aggressive with other foxface rabbitfish once it reaches adulthood. The dorsal spines and anal spines are venomous and they should be handled with caution. This species may nip at stony coral polyps if not well fed.
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