Category: Aquarium Fish Other
Facts about Blackheaded filefish. "Scientific name for Black headed filefish is pervagor melanocephalus". Blackheaded filefish is normally found in the family of Balistidae. It is also called the Redtail filefish or colored filefish due to the vast range of colors that characterize the fish. In the wild, the fish is commonly found in Hawaii and Fiji.
Features of the Blackheaded filefish
The Blackheaded filefish is easily recognizable, thanks to its unique and very striking appearance, something that has made it to become a quite popular aquarium fish. It has a rather strange file-like appendage coming directly out from its head. In terms of color, the Blackheaded filefish has a sparkling orange-red color throughout their body with black or gray head. The fish is a peaceful kind and often seen to shy away from other fish, but when kept with a fish of its kind in the same tank, the Black headed filefish tend to be a little aggressive.
Blackheaded filefish makes a real neat addition to your tank. It features are 30 to 33 dorsal soft rays and 1 to 2 dorsal spines and no anal spines, instead they have 27 to 30 anal soft rays that makes it distinctive beauty. The Blackheaded filefish is a dorsal fish and rarely aggressive towards other fish except for the ones of their own genus.
The fish is a saltwater type and prefers a water temperature between 72 and 78F with a pH level between 8.0 and 8.5.
Diet of the Blackheaded filefish
The Blackheaded filefish loves to feed on live brine shrimp soaked in a marine vitamin supplement. Since they are always difficult to feed straight away, it is recommended that you try smashing squid flesh or the shrimp into the crevices of the coral reef in your tank or even live rock to help entice a feeding response. Immediately they start to feed, ensure that you provide a variety of food including mysid shrimp, scallop, freeze-dried drill, and algae.