Saddleback Butterflyfish



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Saddleback Butterflyfish, also known as the Saddled Butterflyfish or Saddle Butterflyfish has a massive and black "saddle" with white lines in the upper rear part of the body as well as the dorsal fin. The orange coloration can be seen on the lower portion of its face, as well as the black tail outline. Gray is the base color and has some blue-gray stripes across the body's lower portion. It is believed that the Saddleback Butterflyfish will do best in the 125-gallon or larger aquarium that offers ample swimming space and maintained water quality. It is not recommended to keep it with any of its species except when it is introduced to the aquarium in an adult male and female. Saddleback Butterflyfish aren't fish that are reef-safe and could devour all stony corals some soft corals and even invertebrates living on any live rock.   Its diet should comprise various meaty dishes.   Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"; Medium: 2-1/4" to 3 1/2"; Large: 3 1/2" to 4 1/2"; XLarge 4 1/2" to 6"
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General information regarding Saddleback Butterflyfish Saddleback Butterflyfish has a large black saddle, with white lines in the upper back part of the body as well as the dorsal fin. The orange coloring is evident on the lower portion of its face, as well as outlining its black tail. The color of the base is gray, with blue-gray stripes along the lower part of the body. A Saddleback Butterflyfish does best in large aquariums that have plenty of space for swimming and well-maintained water high-quality. It is not recommended to keep it with any species unless it is brought into the aquarium as an adult male and female. This saltwater fish may be kept in a reef setting but can eat hard corals, as well as a few soft corals and invertebrates living in any rock.
Large, Medium, Small
6 lbs


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