Pearlscale Butterflyfish



This Pearlscale Butterflyfish is another beautiful illustration of the reason marine Butterflyfish remain a favorite among enthusiasts. This stunning fish increases the visual appeal with vibrant colors and a striking graphic pattern. The inclusion of this gorgeous fish to the Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) is sure to bring your heart to a thumping. Like its name The Pearlscale Butterflyfish has a pearly white body that gives an iridescent glow when in the right conditions of light. The stunning pearly white color of the body is enhanced by the striking reticulated pattern that is contrast black coloring. Invigorating orange-colored punches highlight the anterior dorsal and the anal fins all the way to the peduncle and also portions that are part of the caudal Fin sickle-shaped bars. The highlights of yellow draw the the dorsal fin, creating an incredibly elegant look.   The Pearlscale Butterflyfish is part of the "xanthurus complex" comprised of species that look like each other that have a similar latticed design. The Mertensii Butterflyfish is one fantastic example of similarity. This Pearlscale Butterflyfish is distinguished by an oval, white-rimmed spot, slightly slanted behind the eyeband. In addition, if you pay attention it is apparent the Pearlscale Butterflyfish has a true reticulated (net-like) or crosshatch pattern, while the lookalikes feature identifiable chevron and V-shaped patterns.   Place your Pearlscale Butterflyfish in a 70-gallon or larger aquarium, along with other tranquil fish and others belonging to the same species when all are introduced to the tank at the same time. Like other Butterflyfish, the Pearlscale Butterflyfish may require extra "TLC" to adjust to the aquarium at home. The Pearlscale Butterflyfish aren't reef-safe. Its diet must comprise a variety of meaty meals, including frozen or freeze-dried fresh, or flake food. In addition, you should provide regular vegetables as a source of food and vitamin-boosting supplements.   Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2"-2-1/4", Medium: 2-1/4"-3-1/2", Large: 3-1/2"-4-3/4".
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General information about Pearlscale Butterflyfish The Pearlscale Butterflyfish chaetodon xanthurus is another beautiful illustration of why marine Butterflyfish remain popular with enthusiasts. This stunning fish increases the visual appeal with vibrant colors and a striking graphic pattern. This stunning fish is a great example of graphic patterning. Pearlscale Butterflyfish is part of the xanthurus complex that includes closely resembled species sporting the same lattice pattern. The Mertensii butterflyfish is an excellent example of a xanthurus lookalike. This Pearlscale Butterflyfish is distinguished by an oval, white-rimmed spot that is slightly off-center behind the eyeband. Additionally, upon close observation, it is apparent that you can see that Pearlscale Butterflyfish has a true reticulated (net-like) or cross hatched pattern whereas the lookalikes are distinguished by a distinct V-shaped or chevron pattern. Keep the Pearlscale Butterflyfish in a large aquarium along with other peaceful fish, and other similar species provided that they were all introduced to the tank simultaneously. Like other Butterflyfish, Pearlscale Butterflyfish may require extra TLC at the beginning of acclimating to the home aquarium.
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6 lbs


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