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Home Aquarium:How to Care for a Blue Spotted Rabbitfish

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The blue-spotted Rabbitfish is given the name Siganus corallinus by marine biologists. The fish belongs to the family Siganidae. Its habitat is the Indo- Pacific and is also a food fish. It is occasionally cultivated in an aquarium. It is a saltwater fish but many enthusiasts would like to keep this fish, which is pretty exotic in their aquarium.

The Blue Spotted Rabbitfish has a peculiarity that it mostly travels in pairs in the Pacific waters. It thrives in the reefs that are strewn in the ocean. The fish can be distinguished by its oblong shape. It is has a yellow color and is thus easily recognizable. The fish grows to a length of almost 11 inches and by no parameters can it be called a small fish.

As the fish grows and becomes larger reaching the size of almost a foot the cultivator can note that beautiful blue spots begin to appear on the fish. These blue spots cover the entire fish body. The blue spots give a beautiful look to the fish. If you keep it in your home aquarium it will add luster and brilliance to your room.


Cultivating in an home aquarium

The Rabbitfish is a pretty hardy fish and is not delicate; This is good for a home cultivator as the fish only requires moderate care. In view of the large size of the fish, the home aquarium owner must cater for a sufficiently large water tank, that can hold at least 180 gallons of water. You will need a tank that must have a size of 4 feet by 6 feet.

The characteristic of the fish will have to be kept in mind by the aquarium owner. The point to note is that the fish is venomous. It may be venomous but it has a peaceful temperament. The hobbyist will have to take moderate precautions in keeping this fish in an aquarium.

The water temperature in the aquarium will have to be controlled as it is a tropical fish. It is advisable to regulate the temperature of the tank water between 72-78° F. The fish is an herbivore and that has to be borne in mind when feeding the fish.

The Blue-spotted rabbitfish is a peaceful fish and rarely attacks or disturbs other fish in the aquarium. However, a large tank with at least 180 gallons of water is a minimum requirement. This fish can be kept with other fish and is rarely attacked by other fish. The dorsal spines which it has and are venomous act as a deterrent to attacks from other fish. In case the fish is well fed, it will have a tranquil existence in the aquarium. It will also not nip and destroy species of LPS and soft corals.

The fish is an herbivore and should be fed with fresh vegetables and algae. Hobbyists must ensure that the fish is given small portions of food throughout the day instead of one or two large meals. The Rabbitfish should be given a varied diet. Among the vegetables, lettuce and zucchini can be safely fed. Marine food for herbivores that are algae-based can also be given. It is advisable to have natural algae growth in your aquarium so that the fish can get along with its own natural grazing.

The fish tank needs to be properly cleaned to keep the content of the water to the required standard. While cleaning the tank elementary precaution should be taken in handling the fish so that the handler does not get a shock as the fish is venomous.

There is very little information available about breeding rabbitfish in aquariums. It is better to buy the fish which will have a size of about 2 inches. If well looked after, it will grow to a length of almost 11-12 inches.

Last word

Rearing a Blue Spotted Rabbitfish is not everybody's cup of tea. It is a challenging proposition but in case you are an enthusiast, then you can buy the fish which is about 2 inches long from the market, and then cultivate it in your aquarium. If you follow all the parameters which have been discussed above and the fish grows to its full length you will get tremendous satisfaction of having achieved something. You will have to be a little careful while handling the fish when you clean the tank periodically. The spines in the dorsal, and pectoral fins are grooved and each groove contains venom glands, these can cause a painful wound. It will be a good idea to wear rubber gloves. So happy hunting!

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