Species Name : Siganus Guttatus
Care Level : Moderate
Temperament : Peaceful
Color : Blue, Orange, White, Yellow
Diet : Herbivore
Reef Compatible : With Caution
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 10"
Venomous : Yes
Family : Siganidae
Origin : Western Pacific
Minimum Tank Size : 125 gallons
The Yellow Blotch Rabbitfish (Siganus Guttatus), also known as the Orange-Spotted Spinefoot, Orange Spotted Foxface Rabbitfish, or Gold Saddle Rabbitfish originates from the reefs of the Western Pacific.
The overall colour of the body is dusky blue above and silvery below with a single large yellow-orange spot below the soft-rayed part of the dorsal fin, near the caudal fin, and a number of smaller reddish-brown spots on the flanks. The orange-spotted spinefoot has a laterally compressed body which has a depth that is approximately half its standard length. The dorsal profile of the head is quite steep with a slight indentation to the front of the eyes. This species attains a maximum total length of 42 cm (17 in), although 25 cm (9.8 in) is more typical. Because of its venomous dorsal spines (which it can raise when disturbed) care must be taken when handling to avoid the possibility of being envenomated.
It requires a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of open swim space.
It is a very peaceful species except when housed with other Rabbitfish. The Yellow Blotch Rabbitfish may be housed with more aggressive fish and can be kept in pairs. Rabbitfish are generally reef-safe if they are well fed. If not, it is possible for them to nip at and consume some species of LPS and soft corals.
Its diet consists of a variety of fresh vegetables and algae. It does nip and possibly eat some soft and hard coral polyps.
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