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 Saltwater Aquarium Foxface - Rabbitfish


The Foxface rabbitfish is a species of fish found at reefs and lagoons in the tropical Western Pacific. Foxface actually belong to the rabbitfish family (Siganidae) and is sometimes still placed in the obsolete genus Lo. Supposedly, the rabbit name was given to these fishes for being docile grazers with dark eyes and a small mouth, with the foxface rabbits having stripes on their faces and relatively long snouts. Other common names are foxface or foxface lo, but these properly refer to any of the rabbitfish species once separated in Lo, e.g. the closely related[2] bicolored foxface (S. uspi). Also called spinefoots by some, these can make great additions to appropriately-sized aquariums and are well worth a look, as they're generally attractive, relatively peaceful, and easy to care for. They also tend to be great algae-eaters, and are typically much hardier than the ever-popular surgeonfishes.

Aside from their names, there's something else quite unique about siganids, as they're one of the few types of venomous fishes that often times end up in aquariums. They all have venom glands associated with the spines in their fins, and if you get stuck by one it's going to hurt very badly. If cornered, panicked, or handled improperly (with your hands), they can give you a painful reminder that they're venomous, but fortunately it won't kill you unless maybe you happen to have some unusual allergic response to the venom or get a mortal infection of the wound.

Next, is the rabbitfishes' ability to camouflage themselves as another means of staying alive. All of them can dramatically change their appearance at will, and typically do so when sleeping or when frightened. Regardless of their "normal" overall coloration, which is often quite bright, they can lose it and take on a splotchy appearance that's not colorful at all and often looks more like military camoflage. When hiding out, especially in rockwork and in the branches of corals, these patterns can be very effective and do quite a good job of making the fishes more difficult to see. So, don't automatically be alarmed if you use a flashlight to look in your aquarium when the lights are off (like I do regularly) and can't seem to find one.

Foxface rabbitfish are omnivorous, eating mostly algae and zooplankton. From time-to-time, if hungry, it may nip at corals, such as Zoantharia (zoanthids and button polyps). Though not an obligate herbivore, the foxface rabbitfish does require algae in its diet. In captivity, it can usually be coaxed into eating a combination of mysis shrimp, sheets of dried seaweed, and marine flake food or pellet food containing algae. It is popular with aquarists due to its appetite for many macroalgae that commonly overgrow the rockwork in the home aquaria. Foxface Rabbitfish are highly skilled at removing this alga and will generally clear an aquarium of it within a matter of days.

    Wild Collected, Aquarium Conditioned
One Spot Foxface
Siganus unimaculatus
One Spot Foxface
Description: This species is called the one-spot foxface or blotched foxface, and it looks identical to S. vulpinus called Foxface with the exception of having a single black splotch on either side of its body below the dorsal fin. Natural variation of the spot can range from a circle to a "free-formed" blotch. It is a very peaceful species and can be housed with more aggressive fish since its venomous dorsal spines will make aggressive fish leave it alone. Rabbitfish are generally reef safe if well fed. If not they may taste LPS corals and soft corals. They can grow to a maximum length of about eight inches. Juveniles live in large schools, but adults live in isolated pairs. The only other thing to say here is that many scientists are now thinking this might not be a species. According to Kuriiwa et al. (2007), S. unimaculatus is actually the same species as S. vulpinus, but it sometimes has the black splotch in particular geographic localities.
Recommended Tank : Requires a tank of at least 55 gallons with lots of open space to swim in.
Feeding and Diet: The diet should include fresh vegetables and algae. Provide a variety of frozen herbivore foods that are rich in vegetable matter and supplement their diet with algae sheets to help reduce potential nipping damage to soft and hard coral polyps.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 2-1/2"; Large: 2-1/2" to 3"
Level of Care: Moderate

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Foxface Lo
Siganus vulpinus
Foxface Lo
Description: This species is commonly called the foxface rabbitfish, and is the most commonly-offered species of the group. It can reach a maximum length of almost eight inches. It also has a broad distribution, being found in the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Caroline Islands, the Marshall Islands, Tonga, and Kiribati. It is a very peaceful species and can be housed with more aggressive fish since its venomous dorsal spines will make aggressive fish leave it alone. Rabbitfish are generally reef safe if well fed. If not they may taste LPS corals and soft corals. They can grow to a maximum length of about eight inches. Juveniles live in large schools, but adults live in isolated pairs.
Recommended Tank :Requires a tank of at least 55 gallons with lots of open space to swim in.
Feeding and Diet: The diet should include fresh vegetables and algae. Provide a variety of frozen herbivore foods that are rich in vegetable matter and supplement their diet with algae sheets to help reduce potential nipping damage to soft and hard coral polyps.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-3/4"; Medium: 2-3/4" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"
Level of Care: Moderate

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   Wild Collected, Aquarium Conditioned
Magnificent Foxface

Siganus magnificus
Description: This species is typically called the magnificent rabbitfish, magnificent foxface or the silver foxface, and can reach a maximum length of about nine and a half inches. It can be found in the Eastern Indian Ocean from Thailand, including the Similan Islands, to Java, Indonesia. It is a very peaceful species and can be housed with more aggressive fish since its venomous dorsal spines will make aggressive fish leave it alone. Rabbitfish are generally reef safe if well fed. If not they may taste LPS corals and soft corals.Unlike many of its close cousins, the juveniles tend to live singly amongst the branches of corals, while adults form solitary pairs and may sometimes be found singly.
Recommended Tank :Requires a tank of at least 90 gallons with lots of open space to swim in.
Feeding and Diet: The diet should include fresh vegetables and algae. Provide a variety of frozen herbivore foods that are rich in vegetable matter and supplement their diet with algae sheets to help reduce potential nipping damage to soft and hard coral polyps.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Small/Medium: 3" to 4"; Medium: 4" to 5"; Large: 5" to 6"; XLarge: 6" to 8"

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ReefPods™ Tisbe the most popular aquarium Pod -they consumes your aquarium’s wastes and detritus, reproduce well, and are food for a multitude of reef inhabitants!

ReefPods™ Tisbe is a live culture of the harpacticoid copepod Tisbe biminiensis. Tisbe adult copepods live on bottom substrate such as live rock or sand and will eat detritus and microalage in the aquarium. They produce a small nauplii which is an excellent food for aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by small bottom feeding fish such as gobies, dragonettes and blennies.

ReefPods™ Tisbe may be used as a starter culture to add to marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank. Once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to adults in about nine days. They will thrive in a wide range of aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night or to the refugium to avoid immediate fish predation.

Tisbe is an excellent all purpose aquarium copepod owing to its role in the natural environment as a detritivore. An opportunist feeder, Tisbe can be used as a tank cleaner consuming uneaten food and wastes as well as phytoplankton in the tank and refugium. Tisbe is capable of producing many eggs during its adult life span that hatch into nauplii which will enter the water column as food for your filter feeding reef inhabitants and replenish the adult population vital to tank hygiene. Tisbe adults and juveniles may also enter the water column and be tasty and nutritious treats for your reef fish!


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Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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