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Saltwater Aquarium Butterflyfish

 
   
The butterflyfish are a group of conspicuous tropical marine fish of the family Chaetodontidae; the bannerfish and coralfish are also included in this group. Found mostly on the reefs of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, there are approximately 120 species . A number of species pairs occur in the Indian and Pacific oceans, members of the huge genus Chaetodon. Butterflyfish look like smaller versions of angelfish (Pomacanthidae) but unlike these lack preopercle spines at the gill covers. Some members of the genus Heniochus resemble the Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) of the monotypic Zanclidae. Among the paraphyletic "Perciformes", the former are probably not too distantly related to butterflyfish, whereas the Zanclidae seem far less close.

Copperband Butterflyfish

Indonesia
Chelmon rostratus
Identification: The Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, also commonly called the Beak Coralfish, is found in reefs in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This butterflyfish is one of the three species in the genus Chelmon, all being known for having longer beaks. These fish are easily identified by the yellow banding and long snout, juveniles being similar to adults. Copperband butterflyfish can grow to 8 inches but in a home aquarium are usually found at half that size.

It is best housed in very large reefs, or in peaceful community tanks. It should be kept singly, not with conspecifics or similar butterflyfish, and should not be kept with any stress-inducing fish. Caution should be exercised if housing these fish in a reef aquarium. They may pick on invertebrates, especially anemones and feather dusters. They are an excellent fish when used to control aiptasia, or glass anemones, in the reef aquarium.

Minimum tank size: They do well at a normal reef temperature range of 75 to 84 °F , with a tank size of at least 75 gallons with lots of live rock to graze on.

Feeding and diet: The Copperband Butterflyfish can occasionally be resistant to accepting a captive diet but can be enticed with a small anemone or rock of aiptaisia. Eventually it will learn to adjust to it’s new diet by following the example of it’s tankmates. Feed a varied diet of mysis shrimp. Marine and crustacean flesh as well as other commercially frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.

Reef Compatibility: Good to control aiptasia & glass anemones. Most individuals can be kept in a reef tank with most soft corals and small-polyped stony corals, although some may nip at shrimp and fan worms.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4"

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Pearlscale Butterflyfish
Indonesia
Chaetodon Xanthurus

Description: The Pearlscale Butterflyfish (Chaetodon xanthurus) is a species of butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae) also known as Yellow-tailed Butterflyfish or Philippines Chevron Butterflyfish (the Chevron Butterflyfish is an unrelated species of Chaetodon). It is found on or around the reefs of the western Pacific Ocean from Indonesia and the Philippines north to the Ryukyu Islands. The body is pearly white and the scales have black edges, giving the sides a more cross-hatched pattern instead of the clear chevrons in related species. The hind parts are orangey-yellow, the base of the caudal fin is white. The head is darker than the body and bears the characteristic pattern of its lineage, consisting of vertical black eyestripes and a black white-rimmed crown spot.

In the wild, it is normally found in the shallower waters or inside the reef. Most of the time when we find this fish we find it in pairs. It is unsual to see the larger specimens (up to 8 inches) alone. Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterfly fish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.

Like most fish in the Butterfly Fish Family, the Pearlscale Butterfly spends most of its time during the day picking at coral polyps as it cruises the reef. At night they hide in various cracks, crevices and "puka's (holes).

Recommended tank size:They do well at a normal reef temperature range of 75 to 84 °F , with a tank size of at least 75 gallons with lots of live rock to graze on.

Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.

Food and diet:The Pearlscale Butterfly can occasionally be resistant to accepting a captive diet but can be enticed with a small anemone or rock of aiptaisia. Eventually it will learn to adjust to it’s new diet by following the example of it’s tankmates. Feed a varied diet of mysis shrimp. Marine and crustacean flesh as well as other commercially frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.

Level of Care: Moderate.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4"


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  Saddleback Butterflyfish
Hawaii
Chaetodon ephippium


Description: The Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium, is a species of butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae). It is found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans from Sri Lanka and the Cocos-Keeling Islands to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and New South Wales in Australia. Also known as the True Falcula Butterflyfish, it is a popular addition to more aggressive aquariums. One of the more durable Butterflyfish in the industry, it will actively compete for food against other aggressive tankmates.

In the wild, it is normally found in the shallower waters or inside the reef. Most of the time when we find this fish we find it in pairs. It is unsual to see the larger specimens (up to 8 inches) alone. Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterfly fish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.

Like most fish in the Butterfly Fish Family, the Saddleback Butterfly spends most of its time during the day picking at coral polyps as it cruises the reef. At night they hide in various cracks, crevices and "puka's (holes). In captivity, it will take dried shrimp, brine shrimp and, if another fish in the tank is eating it, flake food.

Recommended tank size:They do well at a normal reef temperature range of 75 to 84 °F , with a tank size of at least 75 gallons with lots of live rock to graze on.

Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.

Food and diet:The Saddleback Butterflyfish can occasionally be resistant to accepting a captive diet but can be enticed with a small anemone or rock of aiptaisia. Eventually it will learn to adjust to it’s new diet by following the example of it’s tankmates. Feed a varied diet of mysis shrimp. Marine and crustacean flesh as well as other commercially frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.

Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4"


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Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
Indonesia
Forcipiger flavissimus

Identification: Long Nose Butterflies are quite hardy and are often considered to be one of the best Butterflyfish for beginners. They are certainly one of the most common butterflyfish in the pet trade. One interesting behavior is their tendency to occasionally swim upside down along the surface of the water.

The Long Nose Butterfly is bright yellow in color. Directly behind the pectoral fin is a lighter, white area. The snout of the Long Nose Butterfly is, as one might assume, quite long. It is thin, and the mouth opening is quite small. These fish can reach up to seven to nine inches in length in the wild, smaller in the home aquarium.

Minimum tank size:They do well at a normal reef temperature range of 75 to 84 °F , with a tank size of at least 75 gallons with lots of live rock to graze on.

Feeding and diet: The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish can occasionally be resistant to accepting a captive diet but can be enticed with a small anemone or rock of aiptaisia. Eventually it will learn to adjust to it’s new diet by following the example of it’s tankmates. Feed a varied diet of mysis shrimp. Marine and crustacean flesh as well as other commercially frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.

Reef Compatibility: Most individuals are reef safe, leaving corals alone. The nose length rule certainly applies here. Butterflyfish with longer noses prefer to feed on small invertebrates in cracks of rocks. Butterflyfish with short noses are much more likely to feed on corals, clams, and sponges. Most Long Nose Butterflies get along peacefully with other fish

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 4"


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 Moorish Idol
Fiji
Zanclus canescens

Description:The Moorish idol got its name from the Moors of Africa, who purportedly believe(d) the fish to be a bringer of happiness. Moorish idols are also popular aquarium fish, but despite their popularity.With distinctively compressed and disk-like bodies, Moorish idols stand out in contrasting bands of black, white and yellow which make them attractive to aquarium keepers. Moorish idols reach a maximum length of 9 inches in the wild, smaller in the home aquarium. The sickle-like dorsal spines shorten with age.

Perhaps the most graceful of all marine fish, for many hobbyists, it also one of the most difficult fish to keep because it is so difficult to feed. For all but the most expert hobbyist, it is better admired in the ocean or in a public aquarium rather than in a home tank.

Recommended tank size:The Moorish Idol prefers a tank of at least 125 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim. Keep water quality high.

Food and diet: The Moorish Idol is a very difficult fish to feed. Live rock with large amounts of algae and sponges on which it can feed will help it acclimate. Offer a varied diet of finely chopped meaty items, mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, Spirulina, and algae. It should be fed several times a day.

Reef Compatibility: The Moorish idol is not reef safe and should not be kept with any polyps or corals as this is one of it's preferred diets. It may also eat shrimp and other small invertebrates. It is best to supply live rock with a good supply of algae and sponges on which to feed. Will gladly feed on zoanthid colonies as well.

Level of Care: Difficult, Suggested for "Expert Only", No long term guarantee, Live Arrival Guarantee Only

Approximate Purchase Size: 4" to 5"

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 Heniochus Black & White Butterflyfish
Indonesia
Heniochus acuminatus

Description: While the Black and White Heniochus Butterfly Fish looks similar to the Moorish Idol the Black and White Heniochus is significantly different. It is much easier to care for in captivity and is one of the hardier butterfly fishes available. They are very attractive with black and white broad stripes and long streaming dorsal fins .

This is one of the more durable of the Butterflyfish species, and one of a few butterflies that are generally reef safe. It is a very active fish and should be housed in a tank of at least 60 gallons. It will tolerate members of its own kind in the same aquarium, as long as they are introduced to the tank at the same time.

Recommended tank size:A minimum of a 55 gallon tank is necessary.

Reef Compatibility: This is a zooplankton feeder that can be housed with corals and other ornamental invertebrates

Food and diet: It prefers a diet of small meaty foods and herbivore preparations.
Feed several times daily.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 4-1/2"

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 Racoon Butterflyfish
Indonesia
Chaetodon lunula

Identification: The Raccoon Butterfly fish is a hardy and attractive addition to any aquarium. This butterfly fish is found throughout the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea. There are slight pattern variations that indicate the regions of origin, however, the attributes of these fish remains the same. Raccoon Butterfly Fish will eat most foods offered including flake food, mussels, and clams. They do not eat any of the Marine algae. Raccoon Butterfly fish are generally not reef safe, but some people have reported success keeping them in a miniature reef.

As with all butterfly fish the Raccoon Butterfly fish is not an aggressive species and does well in a community aquarium. The Red Sea Raccoon Butterfly fish is the most sought after of these butterfly fish.

The Raccoon Butterflyfish is a shy and peaceful species from the tropical Indo-Pacific. The body of the fish is yellow in color with various black markings including around the eyes, hence its common name.

Recommended tank size: The Raccon Butterfly prefers a tank of at least 75 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.

Reef Compatibility: It should not be kept in a reef tank since it will eat invertebrates and is deemed unsafe with corals.

Food and diet: Feed a varied diet of mysis shrimp. Marine and crustacean flesh as well as other commercially frozen preparations.If your Raccoon Butterflyfish is reluctant to feed, place a smaller anemone in the tank as it is difficult for them to resist eating them. Feed several times daily.

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4"


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 Double Saddle Butterflyfish
Fiji
Chaetodon ulietensis

Identification:The Double Saddled Butterfly Fish occurs in the Indo Pacific region and the Indian Ocean. It is generally considered to be one of the more hardy species of Butterfly Fish, and is more commonly kept successfully in captivity than many other more delicate types.

In captivity, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish often do well in pairs or alone. They should only be placed into aquariums that have been established for some months. Double Saddled Butterfly Fish, like many Butterflies, eat small organisms that they find in the aquarium. They are known as good feeders, though they may not eat well for a short time while they settle into the aquarium. If aggressive fish chase them from food, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish may stop eating, so it is important to keep them with peaceful tank mates. They do well in community aquariums, and generally do not have problems with other fish.

Recommended tank size:A single Double Saddled Butterfly Fish normally do well in a 75 gallon aquarium. If more than one will be kept we recommend a tank of at least 125 gallons. Live rock is important in their aquariums as part of their diets as well as providing hiding areas.

Feeding and diet: The Double Saddled Butterfly Fish should have a diet rich in meaty protein items. They are often started on live brine shrimp but should be switched as soon as possible since brine shrimp is nutritionally poor. Their usual diets include mysis shrimp, clams, krill, bloodworms, commercially prepared foods, and plankton.

Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, and corals, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank. It will even eat large sea anemones!

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4"


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True Falcula Butterflyfish
Indonesia
Chaetodon falcula

Identification:A hardy addition to fish only and very large reef systems, the True Falcula Butterflyfish, also known as the Sickle Butterflyfish, is mostly white becoming yellow dorsally. It has a series of narrow black stripes on its sides, two patches of black on the dorsal side, and a black eye band.

Minimum tank size: The True Falcula Butterfly prefers a tank of at least 75 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.

Feeding and diet: The True Falcula feeds on scallops, and worms. In the aquarium, feed a variety of finely chopped meaty foods, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and frozen preparations. An occasional anemone is a great treat. They also are known to eat apples, and occasionally oranges.

Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, and corals, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank. It will even eat large sea anemones!

Level of Care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4"

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Auriga Butterflyfish
Indonesia
Chaetodon auriga

Identification:The Auriga Butterflyfish, also known as the Threadfin Butterflyfish, is one of the more popular and readily available butterflyfish. A great beauty and hardy aquarium specimen. In the wild the Auriga Butterflyfish is found on inner and outer reef slopes. Called the Threadfin for good reasons, with age, the Auriga grows a trailing filament from the posterior dorsal fin. In the wild a full size adult can have the trailing filament reach 8 inches long.

. As with many fish, the Auriga Butterflyfish color and markings can vary with the region of origin. Red Sea specimens tend to lose the eyespot (false eye to confuse predators) on the dorsal fin. Once acclimated, the Auriga Butterflyfish tends to be one of the more bold butterflies. It can be employed to clean live rock of aiptasia anemones .

Minimum tank size: The Auriga Butterfly prefers a tank of at least 75 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.

Feeding and diet: The Auriga Butterflyfish diet primarily consists of coral polyps, crustaceans, and algae in the wild. In an aquarium, frozen and freeze-dried diets containing algae are good substitutes and can be supplemented with asparagus, broccoli, and some dried algae.

Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.

Level of Care: Easy

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/2" to 4"

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