The Aiptasia Eating Filefish is a fascinating and functional fish that provides a fantastic aquarium maintenance service. As its common name implies, Acreichthys tomentosus has an appetite for nuisance Aiptasia or glass anemones. They boast ornate mottled markings that allow it to blend seamlessly in its natural habitat among the shallow seagrass beds. They are also able to effortlessly change color and patterning to camouflage or conceal itself from predators.
The Aiptasia Eating Filefish should be housed in a well-established 30 gallon or larger aquarium with live rock, live sand, and plenty of hiding places. They are a very cautious and shy fish that rarely demonstrates aggression. Be sure to house it with fish of similar peaceful temperament and avoid keeping with more aggressive fish. They can be successfully kept in a reef aquarium with caution knowing that it may occasionally nip at soft and stony corals. The males are easily distinguished from females as male Aiptasia Eating Filefish demonstrate a cluster of bushy bristles/spines at the base of the peduncle.
The Aiptasia Eating Filefish is not a specialized feeder, meaning its diet is not exclusive to Aiptasia Glass Anemones. In fact, some of them may take some time before they develop a taste for Aiptasia. The diet should consist of a variety of meaty foods and vegetable matter including shaved shrimp, squid, scallop, mysis shrimp, freeze-dried krill soaked in a vitamin supplement, and frozen marine algae. Feed small quantities of food several times per day.
Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2″ to 2″