Foxface Rabbitfish
Foxface Rabbitfish

Common names for the Foxface Rabbitfish include: Fox rabbitfish, Foxface spinefoot, and Foxface Lo.

They have a unique body color. It has a mottled yellow-brown body with a dark chest. The face is very light in color and speckled on the lower half.

Like other Rabbitfish, the Foxface Rabbitfish is a herbivore, and will spend it’s days grazing on algae & seaweed. BUT, some have also been known to be coral nippers.

Speaking from personal experience, these fish are not suitable to be kept with Zoa’s, Paly’s or any other large polyp coral… once they eat one, you will lose them all.

They are generally considered to be peaceful fish, and they can hold their own against predators and larger fish thanks to the row of venomous spines along its dorsal fin. These fish will not tolerate other Rabbitfish, but they are able to be kept in mated pairs.

Tank size should be taken into consideration before purchasing this fish as they are known to grow up to 9 Inches in length.

The Foxface can change colour when it is feels threatened, stressed or is acclimating to a new home. This is their same coloration at night and oftentimes they will dig their spines into a rock to hold themselves in place to remain safe from predators.

Tank Requirements & Facts

Foxface Lo
Foxface Lo
  • Minimum tank size: 130 Gallon (680 Litres)
  • Prone to disease: No, these are hardy fish
  • Beginner Compatible: with caution, they need feeding several times each day.
  • Adult Size: 9″ (23cm)
  • Reef Compatible: With caution.
  • Predator Tank Compatible: Yes.
  • Care Level: Easy to moderate.
  • pH: 8.1 to 8.4
  • Temperature: 24°C to 27°C
  • Preferred Tank Level: Any.
  • Lots of hiding places required
  • Number to a tank: To be kept singularly or in a pair, but with no other Rabbitfish in the tank.

Feeding

Extra care should be taken to ensure this fish gets plenty of food if it is going to be kept in a system that includes corals.

I have found that putting live Macro-Algae into my display has seemingly put a stop to the coral consuming.

  • These are herbivores.
  • Nori/Sea weed should be offered regularly.
  • A varied diet will help with health.
  • They are fast eaters.
  • Live foods, frozen foods, pellets and flake will all accepted.

Acclimatisation

Place your fish in the bucket and then drip acclimate for about 60 minutes at a rate of 3 drips per second. This should bring the fishes water parameters in line with your tanks parameters.

Once your fish has been drip acclimated, catch the fish with a net and place it gently into your tank. Do not put any of the water the fish originally came in, into your tank.