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The Magnificent Foxface, also known as the Metallic Foxface, is a breathtaking and highly sought-after fish species that belongs to the Siganidae family. This marine beauty is admired for its stunning coloration, unique patterns, and graceful appearance, making it a prized addition to any reef or marine aquarium.
Originating from the Indo-Pacific region, particularly found in the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Magnificent Foxface showcases a mesmerizing combination of vibrant colors. Its body is elongated and laterally compressed, with a distinct snout and large, expressive eyes.
This species can reach an average length of around 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) when fully grown. Its body is predominantly yellow, adorned with striking patterns of orange, red, and black. The colors are arranged in intricate designs, creating a visually stunning display that is truly magnificent.
The Magnificent Foxface is known for its peaceful nature and active swimming behavior. It gracefully glides through the water column, showcasing its vibrant colors and elegant movements. It requires ample swimming space and a well-established reef or marine aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and live rock formations to mimic its natural habitat.
When it comes to feeding, the Magnificent Foxface is primarily herbivorous, feeding on various types of algae and seaweed in the wild. In a home aquarium, it should be provided with a varied diet consisting of high-quality marine-based foods, such as algae sheets, spirulina flakes, and other herbivore pellets or flakes. Supplementing their diet with fresh vegetables, like blanched spinach or seaweed, can also be beneficial for their overall health and well-being.
Maintaining optimal water conditions is essential for the well-being of the Magnificent Foxface. It prefers a well-maintained aquarium with stable water parameters, including a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C) and a pH level of 8.1-8.4. Regular water changes and the use of a good filtration system are crucial to maintain water quality.
While the Magnificent Foxface is generally peaceful, it may display territorial behavior towards similar-looking species or other rabbitfish. It is recommended to introduce them to the aquarium as the last addition to minimize aggression. Keeping only one Magnificent Foxface per aquarium is usually advised, unless you have a very large tank with ample swimming and territorial space.
Overall, the Magnificent Foxface is a captivating and highly desirable addition to any reef or marine aquarium. Its stunning coloration, unique patterns, and peaceful nature make it a standout species that adds beauty and elegance to your underwater world. With proper care, a suitable environment, and a well-balanced diet, the Magnificent Foxface can thrive and become a mesmerizing centerpiece in your aquatic display.
Caution - The Foxface's dorsal spines are venomous which deters his predators. Although peaceful, he will flare his dorsal fin when startled or threatened and you should be mindful of this while feeding or when placing corals/settings rocks. As long as you are aware of the Foxface's location within your tank, and you don't suddenly place your hand near him, there is limited chance for direct contact. Be cautious while hand feeding.