Whitespotted Pygmy Filefish (Rudarius ercodes)
Given its big personality, this little fish is bound to become a staple of the hobby. Though the whitespotted pigmy filefish naturally occurs in cooler waters, these captive bred specimens are grown out at higher temperatures (up to 80 degrees F) and so are suitable for both temperate and tropical systems. These filefishes can (at least in most cases) be maintained in the reef tank with caution. However, they might be most comfortable in the planted refugium, as their native habitat is lush with macroalgal beds and seagrass meadows.
See below for more information.
WHITESPOTTED PYGMY FILEFISH SIZE AND CARE REQUIREMENTS
Purchase Size: ~1″ (length).
Max Size: 3″ (length).
Water Parameters: 60-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, s.g. 1.021-1.023.
Color: Depending on environment, varies from dark brown with white spots to solid green.
Reef-Safe: May pose risk to some reef animals.
Feeding: Carnivorous (primarily small benthic crustaceans such as copepods).
WHITESPOTTED PYGMY FILEFISH SPECIES INFORMATION
Rudarius ercodes occurs from coastal Japan to Taiwan. It is most often found living near shallow rocky reefs, particularly where there is abundant macroalgae and/or seagrasses.
BENEFITS OF AQUACULTURED WHITESPOTTED PYGMY FILEFISH
Aquacultured fishes offer a huge advantage over wild-caught specimens. For example, when bred and raised under captive conditions, they adjust more easily to aquarium life. They are also much less likely to carry disease. Even more, aquacultured specimens can better tolerate shipping stress. By purchasing aquacultured whitespotted pygmy filefishes you support the captive breeding of marine aquarium livestock and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% ALIVE ON ARRIVAL (AOA) GUARANTEE FOR AQUACULTURED WHITESPOTTED PYGMY FILEFISH
We guarantee that every whitespotted pigmy filefish we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue store credit if the total livestock loss is less than $40. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.