Fan Bellied Filefish

Fan Bellied Filefish

Monocanthus chinensis


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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
Max Size: 15 inches
The Fan Bellied Filefish, Monocanthus chinensis, is also known as the Fan Bellied Leatherjacket, Centreboard Leatherjacket, Fantail Filefish, and Fantail Leatherjacket. They have brown/black bodies scattered with dots and even blue speckles. They are often found as solitary individuals in shallow lagoons feeding on small inverts, algae and seagrasses. Their body types closely resemble that of a triggerfish. The Fan Bellied Filefish has the unique chameleonic ability  to change is color to its surroundings in an attempt to deter predators. In the home aquarium, the Fan Bellied Filefish can grow up to 40 centimeters, are omnivorous, and should be kept in a tank no less than 100 gallons. 

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