Siganus vulpinus: factsheet and information

Siganus vulpinus: factsheet and information

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Siganus vulpinus: card, feedingsand things to know aboutpuffin fishor foxface. Taxonomic classification, habits and precautions for maintenance in the marine aquarium.

The speciesSiganus vulpinusit is little known to us: think that a dedicated page on Wikipedia has not yet been created and there are vague hints only on the Wikipedia page of the genus Siganus. Before getting to the heart of the article, let's make the necessary presentations, here is the taxonomic classification of Siganus vulpinus.

Siganus vulpinus: taxonomic classification

Common name:foxface,pomeranian fish orpuffin fish.

Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Acanthuroidei
Family: Siganidae
Genus: Siganus
Species: Siganus vulpinus

If you came to this article looking for "yellow fish in marine aquarium“, You are probably looking for the yellow surgeonfish orzebrasoma flavescens.

If you are thinking of introducing theSiganus vulpinus, know that it should only be placed in well-mature and consolidated tanks.

Thesiganus vulpinusit has a yellowish body with a black and white striped head. It is a fish that wants very large aquariums: it loves swimming!

Siganus vulpinus: card

Origin: Western Indo Pacific Ocean.
Geographical origin: Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea, Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, Marshall Islands and Caroline Island.

Size: about 25cm

Habitat: lives in lagoons rich in corals, usually swims in open environments, at depths between 1 and 30 meters.

Feeding: in nature it feeds mainly on algae and some benthic invertebrates.

Acclimatization time: at least 30 minutes
Temperature: 21 - 27 ° C
pH: 8.0 - 8.5
salinity: 1.020 - 1.026

It is recommended to introduce it in aquariums of at least 600 liters.

Siganus vulpinus: nutrition

Although in theory it is omnivorous, we are talking about a large algae eater. Its diet should be varied but mainly composed of algae. Green light for algae flakes (spirulina, nori algae…) and dried algae. It should be fed at least 2 to 3 times a day.

In the first few days after the introduction of the tank it could be difficult to feed. In these cases, start feeding with live artemia, offered several times a day ... or, at the time of purchase, ask how long the shopkeeper has introduced it in his tank so as to understand if he has already adapted to the classic diet from aquarium.

It also eats a lot of macroalgae, Caulerpa is an example. Over time, it may also adapt to frozen foods.

Siganus vulpinus in marine aquarium

Before introducing this specimen to your marine aquarium, know that it is a very active fish, so it needs large spaces and, if you have other herbivores in your aquarium such as Paracanthurus Hepatus, know that it couldannoy himbut it poses no threat… unless the tank is small and accidentally the chased fish might jump out. This does not mean that this should necessarily occur, only that it is better to introduce thesiganus vulpinuswith caution and perhaps pay attention in the first period of adaptation in the tank.

Is it safe for corals? Not always, in particular it does not get along with Xenia coralliforms (such as xenia pumping).

Other considerations: keep in mind that the dorsal and anal fins can have effects similar to those of the scorpion fish, in fact they are equipped with a relatively dangerous toxin for humans. Keep this detail in mind if you need to handle the fish and move it from one tank to another.

It is said that thesiganus vulpinusmay be a fisheasyto maintain ... but this is not true at all. It cannot be considered a fish for newbies, this idea was born because thepuffin fishit is quite resistant even to water quality with non-ideal parameters (with the presence of nitrates and phosphates in the tank), its tolerance does not make it a suitable fish for everyone! It is important to be fully informed before introducing any animal in the tank.

Siganus virgatus

Another fish of the genus siganus is also seen in marine aquariums, I am referring tosiganus virgatusor rabbit fish. This fish reaches more important dimensions (about 30 cm) and shares with "its cousin"puffin fish, the same eating habits and needs.

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Video: Siganus vulpinus (June 2022).


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