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Old 09-03-2019, 05:18 PM
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File fish reef safe

For anyone that has a matted file fish, do you have any issues with it picking at corals?

I’m currently debating adding one to my tank for aiptasia control but everywhere I look it says add with caution.

On the flip side I’m looking to sell my entire setup but figure I’d rid the aiptasia first.
I had luck with peppermint shrimp and tank was aiptasia free for months but it seems my dottyback kept picking on them which eventually killed them off and not aiptasia is back.

Also tried aiptasia x but never seems to work.




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Old 09-03-2019, 06:02 PM
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I got one like Two months ago he was doing his job but he ate a few zoa and some of my fire ******* clover two
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Old 09-03-2019, 06:30 PM
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They not really a reef safe fish
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Old 09-03-2019, 08:40 PM
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There not 100% reef safe
I had one I just pulled from eating my brain coral after he did his job
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Old 09-03-2019, 09:13 PM
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My file fish ate all my aptasia in less than 2 weeks. Had him for about 3 weeks total

While he didn't eat my other corals (was hoping he'd eat some nuclear polyps), my duncans did close up tight. Once i rehomed him, my duncans came back.
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Old 09-04-2019, 10:50 AM
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I've had mine for a couple of months now. Besides an Acan that I moved to another tank he hasn't touched any of the other corals in my mixed reef, probably because I tend to feed heavy. Unfortunately he doesn't eat the Aptasia, I haven't seen him eat any but if he does it's probably just the small ones because all I see are big ones.
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File fish reef safe

Thanks everyone. Appreciate the feedback.

I’m torn on trying one and then rehoming him or trying again with peppermint shrimp.


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The leather jacket file fish I put into my SPS dominated tank turned out not so good. I already cleared out my Acans and expensive Zoas prior to introducing him but he ended up attacking all the SPS colonies!
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:17 PM
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The leather jacket file fish I put into my SPS dominated tank turned out not so good. I already cleared out my Acans and expensive Zoas prior to introducing him but he ended up attacking all the SPS colonies!


Wow that sucks man. Glad I asked here first.


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there are a ton of different file fish out there. do your research and make sure its the aiptasia eating kind. I had one for about 4 months. ate the aiptasia and ate plenty of foods I introduced into the tank. I have zoas, duncans, gongorians, shrooms, softies...never saw him picking. as long as they are well fed, like most fish they will tend to stear clear of corals. but very important to get the correct subspecies. and of course no fish is completely reef safe. there is always that one of every kind that develops a taste for something else in your tank
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