Foxface Rabbitfish
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Foxface Rabbitfish

The Foxface rabbitfish are found in shallow lagoons in the tropical Western Pacific. They will make a great addition to an appropriately sized aquarium. They are colorful, have small hare-like mouths, large dark eyes, a very peaceful temperament, and are easy to care for. They also have well developed, venomous dorsal and anal fin spines. Use caution when handling as the spines will inflict a painful sting. They also are excellent algae-eaters, and are typically much hardier than the ever-popular surgeonfish.

Foxface rabbitfish have the ability to camouflage themselves as another means of staying alive. All of them can dramatically change their appearance at will, and typically do so when sleeping or when frightened. Regardless of their "normal" overall coloration, which is often quite bright, they can lose it and take on a splotchy appearance that's not colorful at all and often looks more like military camouflage. When hiding out, especially in rockwork and in the branches of corals, these patterns can be very effective and do quite a good job of making the fishes more difficult to see. So, don't automatically be alarmed if you use a flashlight to look in your aquarium when the lights are off (like I do regularly) and can't seem to find your fish.

Foxface rabbitfish are omnivorous, eating mostly algae and zooplankton. From time-to-time, if hungry, it may nip at corals, such as Zoantharia (zoanthids and button polyps). Though not an obligate herbivore, the foxface rabbitfish does require algae in its diet. In captivity, it can usually be coaxed into eating a combination of mysis shrimp, sheets of dried seaweed, and marine flake food or pellet food containing algae. It is popular with aquarists due to its appetite for many macroalgae that commonly overgrow the rockwork in the home aquaria. Foxface Rabbitfish are highly skilled at removing this algae and will generally clear an aquarium of it within a matter of days.



Aquarium Conditioned, One Spot Foxface Siganus unimaculatus
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Description: This species is called the one-spot foxface or blotched foxface, and it looks identical to S. vulpinus called Foxface with the exception of having a single black splotch on either side of its body below the dorsal fin. Natural variation of the spot can range from a circle to a "free-formed" blotch. It is a very peaceful species and can be housed with more aggressive fish since its venomous dorsal spines will make aggressive fish leave it alone. Foxface rabbitfish are generally reef safe if well fed. If not they may taste LPS corals and soft corals. They can grow to a maximum length of about eight inches. Juveniles live in large schools, but adults live in isolated pairs. The only other thing to say here is that many scientists are now thinking this might not be a species. According to Kuriiwa et al. (2007), S. unimaculatus is actually the same species as S. vulpinus, but it sometimes has the black splotch in particular geographic localities.
Recommended Tank: Requires a tank of at least 70 gallons with lots of open space to swim in.
Food and diet: The diet should include fresh vegetables and algae. Provide a variety of frozen herbivore foods that are rich in vegetable matter and supplement their diet with algae sheets to help reduce potential nipping damage to soft and hard coral polyps.
Reef Compatability: with Caution
Level of Care: Easy
Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 2" Medium 2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" XLarge: 6" to 8"



Small Reg. $99.99 On Sale $79.99
Medium Reg. $119.99 On Sale $89.99
Large $149.99 XLarge $199.99


Aquarium Conditioned, Foxface Lo
Siganus vulpinus
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Description: This species is commonly called the foxface rabbitfish, and is the most commonly-offered species of the group. It can reach a maximum length of almost eight inches. It also has a broad distribution, being found in the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, the Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, the Caroline Islands, the Marshall Islands, Tonga, and Kiribati. It is a very peaceful species and can be housed with more aggressive fish since its venomous dorsal spines will make aggressive fish leave it alone. Rabbitfish are generally reef safe if well fed. If not they may taste LPS corals and soft corals. They can grow to a maximum length of about eight inches. Juveniles live in large schools, but adults live in isolated pairs.

Recommended Tank: Requires a tank of at least 125 gallons with lots of open space to swim in.

Food and diet: The diet should include fresh vegetables and algae. Provide a variety of frozen herbivore foods that are rich in vegetable matter and supplement their diet with algae sheets to help reduce potential nipping damage to soft and hard coral polyps.

Reef Compatability: with Caution

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2" to 2" Medium 2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" XLarge: 6" to 8"





Small $79.99 Medium $89.99
Large $149.99 XLarge $199.99

  Aquarium Conditioned, Magnificent Foxface
Siganus magnificus
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Description This species is typically called the magnificent rabbitfish, magnificent foxface or the silver foxface, and can reach a maximum length of about nine and a half inches. It can be found in the Eastern Indian Ocean from Thailand, including the Similan Islands, to Java, Indonesia. It is a very peaceful species and can be housed with more aggressive fish since its venomous dorsal spines will make aggressive fish leave it alone. Rabbitfish are generally reef safe if well fed. If not they may taste LPS corals and soft corals.Unlike many of its close cousins, the juveniles tend to live singly amongst the branches of corals, while adults form solitary pairs and may sometimes be found singly.
Recommended Tank: Requires a tank of at least 125 gallons with lots of open space to swim in.
Food and diet: The diet should include fresh vegetables and algae. Provide a variety of frozen herbivore foods that are rich in vegetable matter and supplement their diet with algae sheets to help reduce potential nipping damage to soft and hard coral polyps.
Reef Compatability: with Caution
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3" Medium: 3" to 4" Large 4" to 5"; XLarge: 5" to 7"




Small $209.99 Medium $239.99
Large $269.99 XLarge $329.99

Aquarium Conditioned, Fiji Bicolor Foxface Siganus uspi
Picture of a Fiji Bicolor Foxface
Description: The bicolor foxface also called the Fiji Foxfqce is an excellent choice for any marine aquarist with an aquarium large enough to house it. These fish are endemic to Fiji and because of their limited natural habitat are fairly rare in the marine aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 9-1/2 inches in length. Rabbitfish as a whole are very hardy in captivity, transitioning quickly to prepared foods and resistant to common aquarium infections. The bicolor foxface is omnivorous but requires large amounts of algae-based food in its diet. It is quite active, spending the day swimming about its tank grazing on algae. While generally considered a reef safe species, they may nibble on some soft & LPS corals if not sufficiently fed. Despite their relatively large size, they are active and graceful swimmers that do well swimming about crowded reef aquariums.

The Fiji bicolor foxface has unique coloration compared to other foxface rabbitfish species. The front two thirds are a dark brown to black, while the back one third is bright yellow. The bright yellow pectoral fins and white stripe through the face add a beautiful contrast to the mostly dark fish. When stressed or startled, they will quickly change their coloration to become very dark with a splotched pattern to disguise themselves. The dorsal spines of the bicolor foxface are venomous, so care must be taken when handling this fish or working in their tank. They have a propensity for consuming large amounts of algae and other marine vegetation make them both an attractive and beneficial addition to the reef aquarium.

Recommended Tank: Requires a tank of at least 125 gallons with lots of live rock and open space to swim in. Food and diet: The diet should include fresh vegetables and algae. Provide a variety of frozen herbivore foods that are rich in vegetable matter and supplement their diet with algae sheets to help reduce potential nipping damage to soft and hard coral polyps.

Reef Compatability: with Caution

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"; Small/Medium: 2-1/4" to 3-1/4"; Medium: 3-1/4" to 4-1/4"; Medium/Large: 4-1/4" to 5-1/4"; Large: 5-1/4" to 7"



Small $99.99 Small/Medium 114.99 Medium $144.99
Medium/Large $189.99 Large $299.99



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