Sunset Butterflyfish



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This Sunset Butterflyfish is also known as the Pelewensis Butterflyfish, Dot-Dash Butterflyfish and it is found in the reefs of the southern Pacific. The Butterflyfish has an oval-shaped body and is adorned with gorgeous orange to yellow hues that cover the majority the body. Black bands appear placed in a diagonal pattern while the fins have been highlighted in striking yellow. It should be kept in large, serene community aquariums that are decorated with huge quantities in live rocks. It is best to keep it on its own and not in a group with other butterflyfish species or conspecifics and shouldn't be kept in a tank with stress-producing fish. It shouldn't be kept inside a coral reef aquarium as it is known to eat the majority of invertebrates, and also nip at corals.   Sunset Butterflyfish is a difficult fish to feed. It is a sly and thoughtful eater that might require various foods available to feed. Feed it a variety of frozen and live food such as mysis shrimp brine shrimp with vitamin enrichment as well as frozen whole cockles, and seaweed-based meals.   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"
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Information about Sunset Butterflyfish Sunset Butterflyfish Chaetodon pelewensis is an iconic beauty and visually appealing. Although it is a bit small and only five inches (12.5 cm) in length, it features striking color pattern that's similar to the setting sun. The body is a stunning mix of colors of orange to yellow by elegant diagonal bands which gradually split into spots. The dorsal fin is cut by bright yellow. while the anal fin is white and there's a bright flash with orange in the tail. These distinctive designs have led to the creation of various other names that are common to the species, including Dot and Dash Butterflyfish, Dot-and-Dash Coralfish along with Dot-Dash Butterflyfish along with Pelewensis Butterflyfish which comes in the form of a scientific term.
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6 lbs


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