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Decorated Rabbitfish (Siganus puellus)

The Decorated Rabbitfish or Siganus puellus is just one of the over 25 different species of Rabbitfish.  This particular species is also sometimes known as the Masked Spinefoot, and was first discovered off the coast of Australia.  Decorated Rabbitfish are usually found in pairs in relatively shallow waters around reefs.

Decorated Rabbitfish are very popular in the aquarium trade because of their beautiful markings, and striking yellow coloration.  These salt water fish have a black stripe that runs from the bottom of their mouth to the tops of their heads, and adds to their unique look.  This black stripe turns into black spots towards the top of its head above the eyes.  These fish can grow to almost 1' in length, so be prepared.    
Masked Spinefoot fish should be kept in a large aquarium of 90 gallons or more with the following water conditions, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025.  They get along well with most other species of community fish and can be kept in pairs, but will not tolerate other species of Rabbitfish.  Watch out when you handle these fish, they have dangerous venomous dorsal spines that can leave quite the sting!  They are for the most part, reef safe.  Decorated Rabbitfish are herbivores that should be fed algae and other veggies to keep them healthy and happy.

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