Clown Filefish

lg 80557 filefish
Latin name: (Cantherhines dumerili)

Care Level





Blue, Purple, White



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size

1' 1"

Minimum Tank Size



The Clown Filefish is an incredibly hardy fish, and is known for its ability to peacefully coexist with other fish species. It is best suited for a 100-gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of live rock, and no invertebrates as it may prey on them. While this fish has a diet in the wild that includes algae, sponges, sea urchins, and mollusks, it is not suitable for a reef aquarium and should be kept in a fish-only tank. All in all, the Clown Filefish is a great addition to any fish-only aquarium with its unique color and behavior.

This diet for marine fish species should be composed of a variety of shaved shrimp, squid, scallop, mysis shrimp, freeze-dried krill soaked in a vitamin supplement, and frozen marine algae. It is important that this diet is fed to the fish a minimum of three times a day for optimal health and nutrition. This diet will provide a balanced and nutritious meal for your fish, and should be supplemented with occasional treats of frozen Mysis shrimp or brine shrimp. Feeding this diet regularly will ensure that your marine fish species remain in top health and vigor.

The approximate purchase size for a small 3″ to 4″, medium 4″ to 6″, and large 6″ to 8″ is listed below.

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