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Scribbled Filefish
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Scribbled Filefish

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Scribbled Filefish also known as the Scribbled Leatherjacket Filefish or Scrawled Filefish are a Circumtropical species found in places such as Nova Scotia, Canada and northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil. St. Paul's Rocks, Cape Verde and Ascension Island, São Tomé Island, South Africa. Southern Japan to the southern Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia and Easter Island. In the eastern Pacific, from the Gulf of California to Colombia.

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The Scribbled Filefish is one of the best looking filefish. Unfortunately, it is also one of the largest, making it not suitable for the average home aquarium.

The Scribbled Filefish are quite the omnivore. They feed on algae and seagrass, as well as gorgonians, anemones, tunicates and hydrozoans and crustaceans. Filefishes are usually bought because they eat aiptasia. Although this is often the case, some individuals refuse to eat this.

The fare better in a system with other peaceful, non-competitive fish species, they should only be kept singly or as a male-female pair. Provide plenty of live rock shelter from them to hide in when feeling threatened. 

Their diet should include a variety of shaved shrimp, squid, scallop, mysis shrimp, freeze-dried krill soaked in a vitamin supplement, and frozen marine algae. It should be fed no fewer than three times per day.

Minimum Aquarium Size

1,000 L

Max Size

110 cm

Reef Safe









West Indian Ocean


Wild Caught



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