Matted Leatherjacket Filefish - Acreichthys tomentosus
Matted (Aiptasia Eating) Filefish - Acreichthys tomentosus

Matted (Aiptasia Eating) Filefish - Acreichthys tomentosus

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Discover the Matted (Aiptasia Eating) Filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus): Your Ally Against Unwanted Anemones

Introducing the Matted Filefish, an excellent addition to your marine aquarium. This unique fish, scientifically known as Acreichthys tomentosus, is renowned for its remarkable appetite for Aiptasia anemones and its interesting appearance. Native to the Indo-Pacific, these fish offer both function and intrigue for marine enthusiasts.

Key Features:

1. Natural Aiptasia Control: The Matted Filefish is a valuable asset for marine aquariums plagued by Aiptasia, a common nuisance in reef tanks. These fish have an appetite for Aiptasia and can help control their populations.

2. Ideal Tank Size: To ensure their comfort and well-being, a tank size of at least 30 gallons (114 liters) is recommended. Providing sufficient space allows them to thrive and display their natural behaviors.

3. Reef Safe With Caution: These Filefish are considered reef safe with caution, as some may develop an appetite for fleshy LPS corals. 

4. Moderate Difficulty: The Matted Filefish is well-suited for aquarists with some experience in marine fishkeeping. Proper tank conditions, a well-established habitat, and a balanced diet contribute to their well-being.

5. Maximum Size: These Filefish typically reach a maximum size of about 3.5 inches. Their small to medium size makes them manageable in various marine setups.

Care Instructions:

  • Tank Environment: Maintain a well-established marine aquarium with live rock for natural shelter and hiding spots. Stable water parameters, including a temperature range of 74-80°F (23-27°C) and a salinity level of 1.023-1.025, are crucial.

  • Feeding: While primarily known for their Aiptasia diet, Matted Filefish require supplementary feedings. Offer a variety of high-quality marine flakes, pellets, and occasional servings of live or frozen foods to ensure balanced nutrition.

  • Compatibility: These Filefish are generally peaceful, but it's important to consider tankmates carefully, as they can be territorial, especially towards their own species.

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