FOTM - Gold Spotted Rabbitfish - February 2013

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  1. RedGambit

    RedGambit Giant Squid

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    Gold Spotted Rabbitfish
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    Family: Siganidae
    Genus: Siganus
    Species: Punctatus
    Common Names: Gold Spotted Rabbitfish, Gold Spotted Spinefoot
    Reef Safe: Caution Advised
    Maximum Fish Size: 1 foot 4 inches
    Min Tank Size: 180 gallons plus recommended

    Attitude: Peaceful

    The Gold Spotted Rabbitfish is a very peaceful fish. It really should not be housed with other rabbitfish to subside any possible agression, however to not call the kettle black. I have mine with an Indonesian Coral Rabbitfish, However not even half my Gold Spotted Rabbitfishes size. They actually get along fairly well. There has not been agression from this fish towards any of my wrasses, clowns or other various fish I have had with it.

    Diet: Herbivore

    Like most herbivores within our reef tanks they will also eat brine, mysis and other meaty foods it offered. However a diet of seaweed should be offered at least 3 times a week to maintain a healthy immune system. Trust me when they get large they love to eat alot!

    Compatibility: With most fish we keep, However Sharks rays and other fish that it could damage or be eaty by the other fish should be left out of the picture. Great for fish only and reef tank inhabitants.

    Note: Mine tends to like to eat feather dusters... Particularly ones shipped from Hawaii. The few he hasnt gotten at are plain and simple because his larger stature he cant get to them... Or isn't overly wanting to try. So far mine has not hassled other inverts and has not touched a coral. But there is a chance they made do that if not fed propperly.

    Origin: Australia, Fiji, Indonesia

    Care: Easy - Moderate

    Keeping these fish in a well fed tank, with suitable tank mates provides the easy to moderate care level. They aren't hard to get to eat or care for in the long run.

    Note: They do have venomous spines. Caution should be done while handeling these fish. Never use a net on them, always a container to transport.

    Personal Observations:

    I have come to love this fish, but it wasnt my choice to get it but FauxFoxFaces. They do however grow fast, Mine has grown about 4-5" sine we got him in June. So a large tank is a must. At least a 6 foot tank. They have great personalities and are very sturdy once acclimated, as well as provide you with great facial expressions for photo shoots!

    Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed.
     
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  3. saltyg

    saltyg Flamingo Tongue

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    Beautiful fish, good writeup. If I had a big tank I would def get one.
     
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  4. RedGambit

    RedGambit Giant Squid

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    Thanks, They are amazing fish, and if you cant afford the huge tank, there are smaller of the same family that are just as cool looking and another great disposition to boot!
     
  5. saltyg

    saltyg Flamingo Tongue

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    Will have to look into that for my 75;) wish I had room that would fit a huge tank.
     
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  6. RedGambit

    RedGambit Giant Squid

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    On a side note I never talked about cost... They usually run from 20-100$
     
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  7. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great write up
     
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  9. kcbrad

    kcbrad Giant Squid

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    Great write up. Such a pretty fish!
     
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  10. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That is a beautiful fish Eric.

    Makes me wish I had a bigger tank, because I love the coloration.
     
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  11. Swisswiss

    Swisswiss Caribbean Reef Squid

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    beautiful fish indeed
     
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  12. RedGambit

    RedGambit Giant Squid

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    Thank you for the kind words everyone! +k