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Butterflyfish are mostly found around coral reefs in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, in both tropical and subtropical waters. Their sizes range from 4-1/2 inches to 8-1/2 inches in length; however there are a few species such as the Saddle Butterflyfish that grows to a length of 12 inches in the wild. The smaller species tend to stay in groups, whereas the larger species are usually solitary or swim with their mating partner, with whom they mate for life. Ideal tank-makes for Butterflyfish include Clownfish, Damsels, Gobies, Hogfish, Parrotfish and Tangs.

Special Note:When you see "Aquarium Conditioned" on one of our featured saltwater fish, it means the fish have gone through our Aquarium Conditioning Process which is from 26 days to 60 days long, depending on species. During this time the arriving ocean fresh fish first go through Quarantine, then go into our aquarium life systems. In our aquarium life systems they will get used to aquarium life and we work on getting them to eat well through a special process we use to change ocean fresh saltwater fish over to our aquarium conditioned fish. The process includes enough time to let us have confidence sending marine fish to you knowing they will do well in proper aquarium conditions and they will also eat well, which are the two most important factors if you expect a long life saltwater aquarium fish.

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Aquarium Conditioned
Yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish

Hemitaurichthys polylepis, Indonesia
Picture of Pyramid Butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys polylepis
One of only a few Butterfly Fish For a Reef Tank!

Description: Yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish are also known as Yellow Zoster Butterflyfish. They are a beautiful addition to almost any saltwater aquarium due their vibrant colors and gentle demeanor. Compared to other saltwater fish, they are relatively easy to care for. The Pyramid Butterfly feeds upon plankton in the wild, and is only one of a few Butterflyfish that are reef safe.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 125 gallons and with plenty of live rock for hiding places, and to supplemental feeding.

Feeding: The diet needs to consist of quality frozen and freeze-dried foods containing algae or good substitutes and supplemented with dried algae and vitamin enriched brine shrimp and mysis shrimp.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility Generally reef safe! Safer than Copperbands, etc./FONT>

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 4-1/2"


Small $57.99 Medium$59.99 Large$74.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Zoster Butterflyfish

Hemitaurichthys zoster, Indonesia
Picture of Zoster Butterflyfish, Hemitaurichthys zoster
One of only a few Butterfly Fish For a Reef Tank!

Description: The Zoster Butterflyfish, also called the black pyramid butterflyfish is widespread throughout tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian Ocean from the eastern coast of Africa to Java in Indonesia and from India to Mauritius. Zoster Butterflyfish reach a maximum adult size of around 7 inches. They live in large schools on outer reef slopes, from which it can swim into open water to feed on plankton. It is only one of a few Butterflyfish that are reef safe.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 125 gallons and with plenty of live rock for hiding places, and to supplement feeding.

Feeding: The diet needs to consist of quality frozen and freeze-dried foods containing algae or good substitutes and supplemented with dried algae and vitamin enriched brine shrimp and mysis shrimp.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility Generally reef safe! Safer than Copperbands, etc./FONT>

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 4-1/2"


Small $64.99 Medium$69.99 Large$79.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Pearlscale Butterflyfish

Chaetodon Xanthurus, Indonesia
Picture of Pearlscale Butterflyfish, Chaetodon Xanthurus

Description: The Pearlscale Butterflyfish (Chaetodon xanthurus) is a species of butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae) also known as Yellow-tailed Butterflyfish or Philippines Chevron Butterflyfish (the Chevron Butterflyfish is an unrelated species of Chaetodon). It is found on or around the reefs of the western Pacific Ocean from Indonesia and the Philippines north to the Ryukyu Islands. The body is pearly white and the scales have black edges, giving the sides a more cross-hatched pattern instead of the clear chevrons in related species. The hind parts are orangey-yellow, the base of the caudal fin is white. The head is darker than the body and bears the characteristic pattern of its lineage, consisting of vertical black eyestripes and a black white-rimmed crown spot.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 70 gallons and with plenty of live rock for hiding places, and to supplement feeding.

Feeding: Their diet needs to be for a Carnivorous marine fish. Feed frozen and freeze dried crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. Provide Nori Algae sheets also. Feed several times daily. Soak foods in a vitamin supplement such as Selcon for proper nutrition.
Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility Not Reefsafe
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 4-1/2"

Small $36.99 Medium$39.99 Large$49.99
Aquarium Conditioned
Golden Semilarvatus Butterflyfish

Chaetodon semilarvatus, Red Sea
Picture of Golden Butterflyfish, Chaetodon semilarvatus
One of only a few Butterfly Fish For a Reef Tank!

Description: The Semilarvatus or Golden Butterflyfish, Chaetodon semilarvatus, is often found living on or around the reefs of the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Members of the genus Chaetodon make gorgeous inhabitants of fish only aquariums. Soft Corals and most Invertebrates should do fine with the Butterflyfish, but it may likely decimate Stony Corals, as they are a part of its natural diet. Peaceful or non-aggressive tankmates are recommended to reduce stress on the Butterfly. When Butterflyfish are first introduced to the aquarium, they may refuse to eat. Should the fish continue this behavior for three or more days, live food should be offered (if not from the beginning). Food soaked in a garlic product will often entice the Butterfly to eat. Another useful method to encourage some Butterflyfish to eat is to place their food inside of a coral skeleton. Groupings of Butterflyfish can be introduced simultaneously in the same aquarium, making a stunning display. It is best to make sure that the fish have plenty of aquarium space each when adding a group. Live Rock and multiple places to hide also helps to reduce stress in a group introduction situation.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 100 gallons and with plenty of live rock for hiding places, and to supplemental feeding.

Feeding: Their diet needs to be for a Carnivorous marine fish. Feed frozen and freeze dried crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. Provide Nori Algae sheets also. Feed several times daily. Soak foods in a vitamin supplement such as Selcon for proper nutrition.

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility Generally reef safe! Safer than Copperbands, etc./FONT>

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 4-1/2" ; XLarge: 4-1/2" to 6"


Small $274.99 Medium$279.99
Large$329.99 XLarge$409.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Moorish Idol

Zanclus canescens, Fiji
Picture of Moorish Idol, Zanclus canescens


Description: The moorish idol got its name from the Moors of Africa, who purportedly believe(d) the fish to be a bringer of happiness. Moorish idols are also popular aquarium fish, but despite their popularity.With distinctively compressed and disk-like bodies, moorish idols stand out in contrasting bands of black, white and yellow which make them attractive to aquarium keepers. The fish have relatively small fins, except for the dorsal fin whose 6 or 7 spines are dramatically elongated to form a trailing, sickle-shaped crest called the philomantis extension. Moorish idols have small terminal mouths at the end of long, tubular snouts; many long bristle-like teeth line the mouth. The eyes are set high on the fish's deeply-keeled bodies; in adults, perceptible bumps are located above each. The anal fin may have 2 or 3 spines. Moorish idols reach a maximum length of 9 inches in the wild. The sickle-like dorsal spines shorten with age.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 125 gallons and with plenty of live rock for hiding places, and to supplement feeding.

Feeding: Their diet in the wild is algae and sponge. Provide a frozen food with sponge. Provide Nori Sheets for Algae. Then offer a varied diet of finely chopped meaty items, mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, Spirulina, and algae. Feed several times a day. Level of Care: Difficult

Reef Compatibility With Caution

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2" to 3"; Medium: 3" to 4"; Large: 4" to 5-1/2"





Small $109.99 Medium$119.99 Large$139.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Heniochus Black & White Butterflyfish

Heniochus acuminata, Indonesia and Maldives
Picture of Heniochus Black & White Butterflyfish, Heniochus acuminata


Description: Heniochus Butterflyfish are superbly adaptable to saltwater aquariums. Also known as Longfin Bannerfish, they thrive under a variety of conditions, are not quarrelsome & readily accept many foods. This is one of the more durable of the Butterflyfish species. It will tolerate members of its own kind in the same aquarium, as long as they are introduced to the tank at the same time. Members of a captive group will form a dominance hierarchy. Individuals fight for dominance by butting foreheads and trying to push each other backwards and when they display at each other.

Tank Recommendations: The Heniochus Black & White Butterflyfish needs a 125 gallon or larger aquarium with other peaceful fish and others of the same species.

Feeding: As an Omnivore, they need to be fed both meaty foods and algae foods. Feed frozen and freeze dried crustacean flesh, mysid and Brine shrimp. Feed several times daily. Soak foods in a vitamin supplement such as Selcon for proper nutrition. Feed multiple times per day.
Level of Care: Easy

Reef Compatibility Not Reefsafe

Approximate Purchase Size: 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"






Small $39.99 Medium$44.99
Large$59.99 XLarge$79.99






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Photos are representative of each species. All marine life will be unique and variations should be expected, color and sizes may vary.
*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.