|Latin name||Acreichthys tomentosus - (Linnaeus, 1758)|
|Common name||Bristle-tail file-fish|
|Family||Monacanthidae - Acreichthys|
|Origin||East Indian Ocean, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific|
|Max length||12.0 cm (4.7")|
As aquarium fish
This species likes to eat tubeworms.
This fish requires feeding several times a day, especially when newly added.
When the fish can find its natural food in the aquarium it requires less frequent feeding.
Eats glass anemones (Aiptasia)
This species eats glass anemones (Aiptasia).
But occasionally one finds an individual fish which refuses to eat them.
This species is very shy and docile, so one should be careful when keeping it with more aggressive fish.
This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.
Family description (Monacanthidae)
Filefish (Monacanthidae) have a very characteristic appearance, but whether one likes them or not is a matter of taste.
Some species are suitable for aquaria, although they will occasionally eat a coral or invertebrate. They are therefore not so well suited to coral tanks.
They are often used to fight glass anemones (Aiptasia) and Majano anemones. Pervagor nigrolineatus is especially good at this.
They need peace and quiet from both the aquarist and other fish, when adjusting to the tank life.
Be careful when catching them, as they easily becomes caught in the net.
|Distribution||Indo-West Pacific: East Africa to Fiji, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to New South Wales (Australia). Recently recorded from Tonga (Ref. 53797).|
|English common names||Seagrass filefish, Bristle-tailed leatherjacket, Bristle-tail file-fish|
References and further reading
Dave Wolfenden. 2013. Filefish: A bit of rough! - Practical Fishkeeping - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Can You Add Filefish to a Reef Tank? - Fish Channel - (English)
Bob Fenner. Filefishes, Family Monacanthidae, Part I, Part II, Part III - Wet Web Media - (English)
Scott W. Michael. Those Fabulous Filefish - Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine - (English)
Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2014. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (08/2014).
|aiptasia, docile shy, eats feather duster worm|