Foxface Rabbitfish is hardy marine species suitable for large saltwater aquarium. They don’t fit well into small tanks and it could result in conflict among other marine species. They have origin in western pacific in shallow region. Foxface rabbitfish is known for it’s peaceful nature but don’t hold back when it comes to defending so it is advisable to keep only one per tank.
There is also one variation of foxface rabbitfish which known as One Spot Foxface Rabbitfish.
Size and color: Foxface rabbitfish can grow up to the size of 9cm(22cms). It has dark face with white band and rest of the body is yellow in color. Face of this fish looks similar to fox and hence the name. Foxface rabbitfish has stout venomous spines. Females are usually larger than males of the same age.
ph & temperature: Tank needs to be kept at water temperature of about 25°C – 28°C . ph in the tank should be at 8.1 – 8.4. Carbonate hardness needs to be maintained at 8 – 12°dKH. Tank needs to have at-least 70 gallons / 265 liters, so it’s not suitable for small saltwater aquarium.
Food: Foxface rabbitfish can accept vitamin enriched flake foods, frozen and live foods. It is suggested that they needs to be feed with marine food that includes marines algae type foods. If you maintain natural algae growth inside aquarium then that will also serves as food for them. Other than that you can vary their diet regularly. Naturally these fishes prefer algae and other herbivore food. They’re also known to eat soft and hard coral polyps.
Breeding: There are very low reports about breeding them in captivity. Most of them are either directly imported or sometimes farmed by aquarium. So exact data for their breeding is not available. Some observations from aquarist is that they’re egg laying species and pair sticks with each other till one of the partner dies.
Behavior: Foxface rabbitfish is peaceful fish and can be kept with other non-aggressive or semi-aggressive fishes. As these fishes have venomous spines predatory fishes avoid them so there is no need to worry about them getting eaten by aggressive fish. These fishes often have conflict with their own kind and unless they form pair they’ll have fights. So it is advised that you should not keep more than one foxface rabbitfish in one saltwater aquarium setup. Foxface rabbitfish will do just fine in reef tank setup and go quite well with aggressive tank-mates. Just avoid placing more than one type of their species.
While handling this fish make sure you don’t get to it’s venomous spine as it could be dangerous especially while handling or catching this fish. As this species is in threatened list you’ll have hard time finding it in aquarium shops, though you may find it in some of the international aquarium shops on the Internet. As their origin is from indo-pacific region, if you’re close to this region then chances are there that you’ll be able to get a pair for your tank. If you’re going to maintain a bigger reef tank or saltwater tank then foxface rabbitfish is one good option.