Tassle Filefish

The Tassle Filefish is easily recognisable as one of the most different looking fish in the industry today. It holds a camouflaged body thats usually a seaweed brown/green that consists of black horizontal lines from tail to face. This fish can easily blend in to the aquarium and sometimes become difficult to find. 

In order to keep this fish happy and comfortable it is best to home it within a aquarium of at least 200 litres, preferably with lots of live rock and non-aggressive tank mates that will not bully it. Some aquarists have had issues when keeping this fish puffer fish and trigger fish as they sometimes see the fish as algae or food due to its unusual appearance. 

Many hobbyists seek to add this fish to their aquarium due to their unusual behaviour to eat aiptasia and wipe it from existence within aquariums. 

The Tassle Filefish will thrive on a varied diet of meaty foods, such as brine and mysis shrimp, as well as other marine foods such as pellets, flakes, algaes and aiptasia. 

Minimum Tank Size500 Litres
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1'
Colour Form: Green
Diet: Omnivore
Family: Monacanthidae
Origin: Indo-Pacific

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. My Tassle File is just precious! The size of a wheat thin cracker, he is so easy going and peaceful… sweet as 4 cups of sugar. Non-demanding, very smart and gets right in there to feed alongside tankmates 10x his size with no shyness at all. He is a very deliberate eater though. Slowly picking and choosing which morsels to eat. So to ensure his nutrition, I highly recommend feeding Nori seaweed sheets on a clip. My Tassle finds the nightly dried algae treat soothing, as he will attach his mouth to the algae and literally suck on the side for a good hour, sometimes two. It’s like putting a baby to bed with a bottle! So adorable to watch.

  2. I literally had a burst of aiptasia shoot up over night, so I saw who had a filefish in stock on here and got one. Literally within 3 days I was aiptasia free! if you have aiptasia, dont waste your money on buying chemicals just get a filefish.

  3. Feed your Tassel a mixture of meaty foods and greens, (no large chunks), they need greens daily. These are top dwellers, once established. Tassels get large, think of a dinner plate so they need height and width when it comes to tank size, if you have power-heads, make sure there are guards on them. The Tassel should be kept with tank mates that will not pick at them, though they have a tough skin, they still have the delicate tassels, if they are bullied, they can turn on a fish, this is a passive fish that can hold it’s own.

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