Tiger Filefish

Tiger Filefish

Acreichthys radiatus

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Max Size: 3 inches
The Tiger Filefish, Acreichthys radiatus, also known as the Radial Filefish, is a small filefish with distinct brown and white striping resembling that of a tiger. Even the eyeball of the Tiger Filefish can sometimes have brown striping. These patterns create almost an illusionary effect when looking at the Tiger File and allows it to camouflage in well with live rock, grass, and xenia corals. Like other filefish it has a pointy protrusion on top of its head.  They are native to the Indo-Pacific and will keep their colors through maturity while only growing to a max three inches. Interestingly, the Tiger Filefish can sometimes exhibit a chameleonic ability to blend in with its surroundings and quickly change its color and patterning into browns, blues, greens, and cream colors. 
The Tiger Filefish will eat most prepared aquarium foods including frozen brine and mysis shrimp and quality flake and pellet food. They are fish safe but usually not reef safe as they will pick at some corals and small inverts - best kept in peaceful fish-only aquariums. 

Will the Tiger Filefish eat aiptasia? 
Unfortunately it will not eat aiptasia in any significant amount like its relative Acreichthys tomentosus

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