Aiptasia Eating Filefish - Acreichthys tomentosus - Matted Filefish - Bristletail Filefish - Matted Leatherjacket
Aiptasia Eating Filefish is one of the best fish for aiptasia control in the home aquarium. Unlike Copperband Butterflies which may eat the pest anemones, these guys actually will eat them and love doing it! The Matted Filefish is also known as the Bristletail Filefish, Matted Leatherjacket, Tomentosus Filefish, or Aiptasia Eating Filefish. The body is a mottled green, brown, and tan coloration. It is a shy fish, and rarely aggressive towards other fish except those of its own genus. It is best suited for aquariums 30 gallons or larger that does not contain small invertebrates. These fish have been known to spawn in captivity, and males are normally large than the females, having fine bristle-like hairs on each side of their body down the caudal peduncle or base of the tail. Size: Most Filefish grows up to around five inches Minimum Tank Size Suggested: A 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of swimming room is recommended for the FileFish with plenty of places to hide and swim. Water Conditions: The water conditions required for Filefish are 73 to 84 degree Fahrenheit temperature, specific gravity from 1.021 to upto 1.025 and pH between 8.2 and 8.4. Tank Conditions: The Filefish requires a tank with plenty of swimming space and live rock for hiding and grazing and should be housed with other peaceful fish. It may be aggressive towards other filefish and should be kept as a single specimen or as a male-female pair. Habitat: The Filefish are natural inhabitants of Indo-Pacific ocean. Feeding and Diet: The diet should include shaved shrimp, squid, scallop, mysis shrimp, freeze-dried krill soaked in a vitamin supplement, and frozen marine algae. The Aiptasia Eating Filefish should be fed small quantities of food several times per day.