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Old 10-01-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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Question File Fish?

Can File Fish be reef safe? I am hearing they can be hit or miss? But I know for certain inverts will be gone... Has anyone tried them or had any luck with them?

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It depends on the filefish species, but in general they will consume algae, polychaetes, soft corals, anemone's, etc...I'm sure the list is quite varied and often meaning extensive XD
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I know there is one species of them that will eat nothing but SPS polyps in the wild. Like innovator said there is a big difference depending on which species. I believe most of them are a bit more difficult to keep. I'm sure there is a range of difficulty though as well.
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HHHmmmm... My LFS is selling a Green Filefish says they eat aiptasia, also it's a Matted Filefish like this one

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I have 2 green filefish and do they eat aiptasia? I dunno, haven't seen any disappearing. They do consume a variety of foods and that probably includes soft corals, polychaetes, and molluscs....ah...and found their diet: Food Items - Acreichthys tomentosus
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Ok so basically they don't? If I am reading the food chart correctly? Are they hit or miss on eliminating the Aiptasia?
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Are they reef safe? Depending on your definition of "reef safe," probably not. I would consider them hit or miss on aiptasia. They definitely do not feed upon them alone, but probably would if that is all there was to eat
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