Monacanthidae File Fish

These are somewhat more pacific than the triggers, to which they are scientifically related. These rather timid fish feed on very small prey (brine shrimps, pieces of mussel).

Chaetoderma penicilligrum

The tassled file fish stands out due to the protuberances on its skin. It relishes algae, even more than live prey. The adults are loners and can attack some invertebrates. Size: 11-25 cm.

• Oxymonacanthus longirostris

The orange-spotted file fish likes nooks and crannies but is also an active swimmer. It can live in groups and is recommended for invertebrate aquariums. Size: 10 cm.

Chaetoderma penicilligrum

The tassled file fish stands out due to the protuberances on its skin. It relishes algae, even more than live prey. The adults are loners and can attack some invertebrates. Size: 11-25 cm.

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