Tassle Filefish - Prickly Leatherjacket: The Tassle Filefish, also known as the Leafy Filefish or Prickly Leatherjacket Filefish, is camouflaged by its light body with dark horizontal stripes. It is not suitable for a reef aquarium. It will eat most invertebrates.
Appearing somewhat like squashed trunkfish, Tassle filefish are oddly-shaped fish often with dazzlingly cryptic patterns. Deeply keeled bodies give a false impression of size when these fish are viewed facing the flanks. The small terminal mouths of Tassle Filefish have specialized incisor teeth on the upper jaw; four on the inner jaw and six on the outer jaw. The snout is tapered and projecting; eyes are located high on the head.. Like the triggerfish, Tassle Filefish have small gill openings and greatly elongated pelvic bones creating a "dewlap" of skin running between the bone's sharply keeled termination and the belly.
Adult Tassle Filefish are generally shallow water fish, inhabiting depths of no more than about 30 metres. They may be found in lagoons or associated with seaward reefs and seagrass beds.
The Tassle Filefish are not terribly good swimmers, their small fins confine the fish to a sluggish gait. The Tassle Filefish are often observed drifting head downward amongst stands of seaweed, presumably in an effort to fool both predator and prey alike. When threatened, filefish may retreat to crevices in the reef. The Tassle Filefish spawn at bottom sites prepared and guarded by the males, both male and the female may guard the brood. The young filefish are pelagic; that is, they frequent open water.
Size: The Tassle Filefish can grow upto 12 inches. The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 2 to 3 inches; the large generally 3 to 5 inches.
Tank Conditions: The Tassle Filefish is best suited for a 70 gallon or larger aquarium with weedy areas, rocks, and at least one suitable shelter. It is a peaceful fish that does not bother fish tank mates, with the exception of members of its own family or related kinds. The Tassle fish requires a tank with plenty of swimming space and live rock for hiding and grazing and should be housed with other peaceful fish. It may be aggressive towards other filefish.
Habitat: The Tassle Filefish are found in Indo-Pacific ocean.
Feeding and Diet: The Tassle Filefish feeds on a diet of meaty foods including chopped shrimp, squid, clams, fish, and frozen algae and vitamin enriched foods. It should be fed no fewer than three times per day.