Yellow Blotch Rabbitfish
Fish Type: Rabbitfish
Scientific Name: Siganus guttatus
Max Size: 10"
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
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The Yellow Blotch Rabbitfish, also known as the Orange-Spotted Spinefoot, Orange Spotted Foxface Rabbitfish, or Gold Saddle Rabbitfish originates from the reefs of the Western Pacific. It’s a species of increasing popularity with reef-keepers for its beauty and algae-eating activity.
The body of Yellow Blotch Rabbitfish is brown and covered in many beautiful orange spots, a camouflage pattern that includes a distinctive posterior yellow false eye to confuse predators. Because of its venomous dorsal spines (which it can raise when disturbed) care must be taken when handling to avoid the possibility of being envenomated.
It requires a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of open swim space. It is a very peaceful species except when housed with other Rabbitfish. The Yellow Blotch Rabbitfish may be housed with more aggressive fish and can be kept in pairs. Rabbitfish are generally reef-safe if they are well fed. If not, it is possible for them to nip at and consume some species of LPS and soft corals. Their diet should consist of algae sheets and other foods formulated for algae-eating fish.