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Rabbitfishes: Algae-Eaters for Reefs

The siganids are great for controlling algae in reef tanks.

By Scott W. Michael |

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There are a number of fish that not only look great but serve a valuable function in the aquarium. This is especially true when it comes to trying to control undesirable plant material in the reef aquarium. Many coralkeepers have had to fight the botanical nemesis known as algae. While there are some desirable forms of algae, others can cause an aquarist to pull his or her hair out.

One group of fish employed by reef aquarists to help control this botanical pest are the rabbitfishes (family Siganidae). These are some of the most effective algae-eaters that roam the reef. There are around 30 species in this family, at least 12 of which show up in aquarium stores.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the February 2010 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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