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Spotfin Butterflyfish

Greek Name: Chaetodon ocellatus

$24.99

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Bold, bright, and easy to care for, the Spotfin Reef Butterfly has been named for the tiny black spot at its dorsal fin. Adults are white with bright caudal and pelvic fins that are yellow as well as a narrow yellow line from the gill up to the base of pectoral fins. A vibrant black vertical stripe on the top of the head is visible over the eye. Juveniles have an additional dark spot near the base of their anal fins. A dark streak extends to the tiny area on the dorsal. What sets apart the Chaetodon ocellatus is at night, the fish is transformed in a dramatic manner. The large, dark dorsal fin turns dark and broad, while dark bands are visible around the body. It can also occasionally swim upside down and squirt water as a fountain above the waterline. Spotfin Reef Butterfly is peaceful and is most often seen in shallow water around coral reefs on their own or in bonded pairs that form a lifetime relationship. They are most active during the day. They change colors and seek shelter to rest in the evening since they are incredibly vulnerable to predators larger than them. The tankmates are expected to be peaceful. Spotfin Butterflies should not be kept in an aquarium with a reef. These carnivores can be difficult to lure initially. To encourage eating, you can offer fresh, vitamin-rich brine shrimp, clams, and mashed squid and shrimp. When eating regularly, provide mysis shrimp as well as frozen carnivore recipes at least three times per day.

 

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1-1/2″ to 2″ Medium 2″ to 3 1/4″ Large 3 1/4″ to 4 1/2″ X Large 4 1/2″ to 6″

Category:

Care Level

Moderate

Temperament

Peaceful

Color Form

Black, White, Yellow

Diet

Carnivore

Reef Compatible

No

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

8"

Origin

Tropical Western Atlantic

Family

Chaetodontidae

Minimum Tank

125 gallons

Description

General information regarding Spotfin Butterflyfish

Bright, bold, and easy to take care of the Spotfin Reef Butterfly was named for the tiny black spot that is located at its dorsal fin. Adults are white, sporting bright caudal and pelvic fins that are yellow, and the narrow bright yellow strip that runs from the gills up to the bottom of the pectoral fins. A vibrant black vertical stripe on the forehead is visible across the eyes. The juveniles have an added dark spot near the base of their anal fins. It is an eerie streak that extends to the tiny mark on their dorsal fin. The thing that distinguishes this Spotfin Reef Butterfly apart is when it is nighttime, the fish is transformed in a dramatic manner. The large, dark dorsal fin is transformed into wide and black, and dark bands are visible around the body. It can also occasionally swim upside down and at times, squirt water in fountains above the waterline. Spotfin Reef Butterfly is peaceful and is most often located in shallow waters near coral reefs on their own or forms pairs for a lifetime relationship. They are most active during the day they change their colors and seek shelter to sleep since they are incredibly susceptible to larger predators. Tank mates must be calm.

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small

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