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Saltwater Aquarium Batfish

 
   
Saltwater Aquarium Batfish is a saltwater fish that can easily be the centerpiece of a marine aquarium. Batfish are quite personable—almost pet like, and they are remarkably clever. While batfish are certainly not beginner fish, there are a few that are appropriate for the intermediate aquarist looking for an unusual and engaging animal. Batfish come from the Family Ephippidae, which is made up of the Spadefish, batfish and scats. Members of this family are indigenous to the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific, and they live in both saltwater and (very occasionally) brackish water. They are characterized by an anal fin with 3 spines and a very deep body that is compressed laterally. Not considered reef-compatible, the largest obstacles to success with batfish is the inability to meet the animal’s dietary needs.

   Orbiculate Batfish
Platax orbicularis
Description: The Orbiculate batfish is a nice fish for anyone who has a tank large enough to house them. This species changes appearance a lot during its lifetime and an adult specimen looks nothing like a juvenile one. Both coloration and body shape changes. Adult specimens have a very high profile reminding much of the body shape of freshwater angelfish and a yellow and brown body. Juvenile specimens have a much lower body more similar to that of a discus fish (a little more squared). The juvenile Orbiculate batfish has a silvery body with three black lines running vertically across it. They are not reef safe as they will eat small fish and invertebrates as well as anemones and corals. The Orbiculate batfish is a friendly species and can be kept with most species that are large enough not to be considered food and that enjoy a similar setup. Don't keep with very aggressive fish like triggers.

Recommended Tank : Requires a deep tank of at least 180 gallons with lots of open space to swim in. Not a good reef tank inhabitant, it will eat many types of invertebrates including corals and anemones.

Feeding and Diet: When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. A varied diet of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, scallops, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen herbivore preparations will help the Orbic to thrive. Try to feed small amounts three times a day.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3-1/2" to 6"

Level of Care: Moderate

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     Teira Batfish
Platax teira
Description: Teira Batfish, also nicknamed Longfin Batfish and Round-faced Batfish, are an extremely peaceful and social marine species that will form schools with others of their kind. Juvenile Teira Batfish have relatively long anal and dorsal fins that will become much shorter as the fish matures and fills out to its adult shape. Teira Batfish are mild mannered and will coexist peacefully with their tank mates, but should not be housed with overly aggressive species that may bully them as juveniles.Teira Batfish are a very mild mannered fish that will do well with a wide variety of tank mates, but they are not considered to be reef safe (they will sessile invertebrates, e.g.; anemones and coral species) and should be housed within a FOWLR environment.

Recommended Tank :Teira Batfish require an adequate amount of open swimming space and should be provided with at least a 180 gallon aquarium. They should also be provided with a sandy to crushed-coral substrate and plenty of live rock for shelter and overall system health. As they grow to a large size they will need strong, efficient biological and mechanical filtration with the addition of a quality protein skimmer in order to handle their large biological load on the system and ensure pristine water conditions;

Feeding and Diet: When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. A varied diet of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, scallops, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen herbivore preparations will help the Tiera to thrive. Try to feed small amounts three times a day.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3-1/2" to 6"

Level of Care: Moderate

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  Pinnatus Batfish
Platax pinnatus
Description: Also known as the Dusky Batfish or the Longfin Batfish. The Pinnatus Batfish are sually found in shallow protected coastal waters. A very delicate fish, water quality must be perfect. They are a great community fish, but must be kept with non aggressive fish.

Recommended Tank : Requires a deep tank of at least 180 gallons. Not a good reef tank inhabitant, it will eat many types of invertebrates including corals and anemones. As with all Batfish, the Pinnatus is susceptible to ich so a UV and perfect water conditions are recommended.

Feeding and Diet: When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. A varied diet of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, scallops, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen herbivore preparations will help the Orbic to thrive. Try to feed small amounts three times a day.

Care Level: Difficult, for experts only, Live Arrival Guarantee Only, See Restriction on Guarantee

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, the increased level of care required for this particular marine specimen, designates it as an "Advanced Aquarist Species Only." Therefore recommended only for the expert marine aquarist, zoo, or research institution

Approximate Purchase Size: 3-1/2" to 6"

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Excellent food for Mandarins, Blennies, Gobies, Seahorses, and many other finicky eating fish

ReefPods™ Tisbe the most popular aquarium Pod -they consumes your aquarium’s wastes and detritus, reproduce well, and are food for a multitude of reef inhabitants!

ReefPods™ Tisbe is a live culture of the harpacticoid copepod Tisbe biminiensis. Tisbe adult copepods live on bottom substrate such as live rock or sand and will eat detritus and microalage in the aquarium. They produce a small nauplii which is an excellent food for aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by small bottom feeding fish such as gobies, dragonettes and blennies.

ReefPods™ Tisbe may be used as a starter culture to add to marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank. Once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to adults in about nine days. They will thrive in a wide range of aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night or to the refugium to avoid immediate fish predation.

Tisbe is an excellent all purpose aquarium copepod owing to its role in the natural environment as a detritivore. An opportunist feeder, Tisbe can be used as a tank cleaner consuming uneaten food and wastes as well as phytoplankton in the tank and refugium. Tisbe is capable of producing many eggs during its adult life span that hatch into nauplii which will enter the water column as food for your filter feeding reef inhabitants and replenish the adult population vital to tank hygiene. Tisbe adults and juveniles may also enter the water column and be tasty and nutritious treats for your reef fish!


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