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Bristly Encounters

An aquarist shares her successes in keeping and the first-ever breeding of bristle-tail filefish.

By Iris Bönig

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In the last few years, the popularity of bristle-tail filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus) has grown considerably. This is after all one of the few species that routinely eats Aptasia and majano anemones (Anemonia cf. majano). A rapidly growing problem of majano anemones was the reason that we, employees of ReefStar [a German company ( founded in 2003 by marine aquarists, with the express purpose of propagating corals but later expanding to marine fishes and invertebrates], decided to get the fairly plain-looking bristle-tail filefish.

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