Magnificent Rabbitfish

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Siganus magnifica - (Burgess, 1977)
Magnificent Rabbitfish

A beautiful grazer, but for larger systems only. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This hardy, sleek rabbitfish will graze algae constantly and will do best if kept in a tank with plenty of swimming room and with nonaggressive to moderately aggressive tankmates.

They greedily eat macroalgae and are usually effective at helping to control Caulerpa.

Will form closely knit pairs that swim in synch and make a wonderful display in larger aquariums.

Family: Siganidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Reef.

Maximum length: 24 cm (9 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 380 L (100 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

They tend to ignore most fish tankmates.

Rabbitfishes may pick at the fecal material produced by large-polyped stony corals, which could lead to picking at the polyp itself. Heavy feeding of herbivore foods will help discourage this behavior.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Keep only one or a pair per tank. This is a pair-bonding species, with pair members joining up when they are about 3 in. [7.6 cm] in length. Adult pair members may behave aggressively toward related species.

Pelagic spawners, not likely to be reared in home breeding systems.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Magnificent RabbitfishRDF feed
Common name Magnificent Rabbitfish  +
Family Siganidae  +
Genus Siganus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 9 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 100 gal  +
Native range Eastern Indian Ocean  +, Java  +, Thailand  +, and Indonesia  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes  +
Specific name magnifica  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +