CHOOSING THE RIGHT BUTTERFLYFISH FOR YOUR REEF TANK
- Spotted Butterflyfish (Chaetodon guttatissimus) – Recommended for both soft and stony corals, the spotted butterflyfish grows up to 5 inches long and it can be found throughout the Indian Ocean. This species is somewhat difficult to keep as it feeds on coral polyps and polychaetes and requires multiple feedings per day. It is also somewhat rare in the aquarium trade.
- Tahiti Butterflyfish (Chaetodon trichrous) – This species is somewhat easy to keep compared to other butterflyfish and it grows up to 5 inches long. The Tahiti butterflyfish comes from the eastern Pacific ocean, though its range is limited to the society islands, Tahiti, and Tuamoto. This species is recommended for beginners because it has been known to accept flake foods. These fish do best in trios until a breeding pair is established, then the third fish should be removed.
- Vagabond Butterflyfish (Chaetodon vagabundus) – An omnivorous species, the vagabond butterflyfish is easy to keep but it does get fairly large – up to 9 inches long. This butterflyfish is found in the Indo-Pacific and it feeds on algae and coral polyps as well as worms and crustaceans. These fish can be kept in pairs and they tend to acclimate well to captive conditions.
- Pennant Butterflyfish (Heniochus chrysostomus) – Another species found in the Indo-Pacific region, the pennant butterflyfish grows up to 7 inches long and is fairly easy to keep. These fish will accept a wide variety of foods, though they do require several feedings per day. If you keep them in pairs, be sure to introduce both at the same time to prevent territorial disputes.
- Atlantic Long Snout Butterflyfish (Prognathodes aculeatus) – As you can guess from the name, this species comes from the Atlantic Ocean – the western Atlantic, to be specific. The Atlantic long snout butterflyfish grows to only 4 inches long and it is moderately difficult to keep. These fish feed on small invertebrates and they tend to live alone rather than in pairs.
- Pearlscale Butterflyfish (Chaetodon xanthurus) – One of the most popular species, the pearlscale butterflyfish is native to the Western Pacific and grows up to 5.5 inches long. This fish will accept a wide variety of foods and can be kept in pairs, though you must introduce both at the same time. These fish are fairly easy to keep and are best kept with peaceful tankmates.
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