|Latin name||Ablabys taenianotus - (Cuvier, 1829)|
|Local name||Cockatoo waspfish|
|Family||Tetrarogidae - Ablabys|
|Origin||Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||15 cm (5,9")|
|Minimum volume||100 cm (26 gal)|
|Suitable for aquarium||Suitable for special aquariums|
|Reef safe||Reef safe with caution|
|Aggressiveness||Docile but might be aggressive towards similar species of same gender|
Larger crustaceans (Shrimp, crabs...)
This species demands a high water quality.
Amongst other things it means, that water must be properly oxygenated.
This species may eat small fish and especially small shrimps, there are, however, some aquarists who manage to get them to coexist just fine.
This species survives on bottom dwelling invertebrates and will not normally eat food that is not alive.
Be prepared to feed with small live shrimp, for example, for a long time.
Do be aware that food competitors do not reach the food first.
This species is highly venomous and this venom can, under certain circumstances, be fatal.
In case of poisoning, it is vital to have as much information as possible regarding the species/poison. Have telephone number for the poison hotline close to the aquarium.
Since people can have different reactions to poisons, take precautions necessary to ensure your safety and that of your surroundings.
They can live as a pair provided they are introduced simultaneously.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
This species is very shy and docile, so one should be careful when keeping it with more aggressive fish.
Waspfish (Tetrarogidae) are typically found lying on the bottom, imitating algae or bits of debris. Some even have algae growing on them which means that algae eating fish can cause injury.
They feed mainly on small bottom dwelling crustaceans. They might try to catch fish but are not particularly adept at catching them. It is by no means certain they can get used to frozen foods, but one might be successful over time.
Waspfish are not particularly fast and therefore cannot compete for food with faster swimming fish and consequently will not do well. They do not normally pose a threat towards other animals in an aquarium, it is only small crustaceans and very small fish they will prey on.
They have very poisonous spines on their back and this, combined with their habit of camouflaging makes them dangerous when having bare hands in the tank. Take special care not to damage their spines when they need catching.
Anemones and corals that burn strongly can injure Waspfish.
|Distribution||Eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific: Andaman Sea to Fiji, north to Japan, south to Australia. Replaced by <i>Ablabys binotatus</i> in the western Indian Ocean (Ref. 9710).|
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|English common names||
2009. Is a long-finned waspfish a "good" fish to keep? - Reef Central - (English)
Scott W. Michael. 2001. Reef Fishes volume 1 - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)
Bob Fenner. The Waspfishes, Leaf Fish or Sailback Scorpionfishes - Wet Web Media - (English)
"Minimum volume" indicates the size of the tank needed to house this species under optimal conditions.
This is based on a medium size animal, which you want to keep for several years.
It might be possible to keep smaller specimens for a limited period in a smaller tank. A larger tank might be needed for fully-grown specimens.
"Hardiness" indicates how resistant this species is to disease and how well i tolerates bad conditions in general.
Some species doesn't handle transportation very well, but that doesn't mean that the species isn't hardy under the right conditions.
In this case, a "normal" aquarium is a reef aquarium with mixed corals or a fish only aquarium with an approximately salinity of 1.026 (sg) and a temperature close to 26°C.
Species requiring more than a 4000-liter tank are considered not suitable for home aquarium.
Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc.
Always reef safe: No sources indicate that this species will harm corals or other invertebrates.
Often reef safe: Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species with corals and other invertebrates.
Reef safe with caution: This species may be a threat to some types of invertebrates.
Reef safe with luck: Most specimens will harm corals and/or other invertebrates, but you might be lucky.
Not reef safe: This species is a threat to most corals and/or other invertebrates.