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 Saltwater Aquarium Butterflyfish

The butterflyfish are a group of conspicuous tropical marine fish of the family Chaetodontidae; the bannerfish and coralfish are also included in this group. Found mostly on the reefs of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, there are approximately 120 species . A number of species pairs occur in the Indian and Pacific oceans, members of the huge genus Chaetodon. Butterflyfish look like smaller versions of angelfish (Pomacanthidae) but unlike these lack preopercle spines at the gill covers. Some members of the genus Heniochus resemble the Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) of the monotypic Zanclidae. Among the paraphyletic "Perciformes", the former are probably not too distantly related to butterflyfish, whereas the Zanclidae seem far less close.

  Yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish
Hemitaurichthys polylepis

One of only a few Butterfly Fish For a Reef Tank !
Description: Yellow pyramid butterfly fish are also known as yellow zoster butterfly fish. 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.
Recommended tank size:A minimum of a 55 gallon tank is necessary. Provide plenty of hiding places such as caves and live rock for grazing.
Reef Compatibility: Generally reef safe! Safer than copperbands, etc.
Food and diet: It usually will accept most foods offered, including finely chopped seafood, frozen or live brine shrimp , frozen preparations and even flake food. Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations.
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

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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.
Recommended tank size: A minimum of a 55 gallon tank is necessary. Provide plenty of hiding places such as caves and live rock for grazing.
Reef Compatibility: It can typically be kept with some of the more noxious soft corals (such as leather corals), but avoid it in most reef tanks.
Food and diet: Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.
Level of Care: Moderate.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2-1/4" to 3-3/4"; Large: 4" to 6"
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  Saddleback Butterflyfish
Chaetodon ephippium


Description: The Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium, is a species of butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae). It is found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans from Sri Lanka and the Cocos-Keeling Islands to the Hawaiian, Marquesan and Tuamoto islands, north to southern Japan, south to Rowley Shoals and New South Wales in Australia. It is a large butterflyfish, at up to 12 in long together with the Lined Butterflyfish (C. lineolatus) the giant among its genus. In shape it resembles certain angelfishes more than most of its relatives. The overall color is yellowish grey, with a large black spot bordered below by a broad white band on the back and wavy blue lines on the lower sides. The throat and the outline of the hind parts is bright yellow. Adults have a filament extending posteriorly from the upper part of the soft portion of the dorsal fin.The Saddle Butterflyfish is found at depths between 0 and 30 m in coral reefs. It feeds on filamentous algae, small invertebrates, coral polyps, and fish eggs.
Recommended tank size: A minimum of a 55 gallon tank is necessary. Provide plenty of hiding places such as caves and live rock for grazing.
Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.
Food and diet: Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

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Golden Semilarvatus 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.
Recommended tank size: A minimum of a 90 gallon tank is necessary. Provide plenty of hiding places such as caves and live rock for grazing.
Reef Compatibility: One of few butterflies considered totally reef safe.
Food and diet: Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

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 Moorish Idol
Zanclus canescens(fiji)

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.
Recommended tank size: A minimum of a 125 gallon tank is necessary. Provide plenty of hiding places such as caves and live rock for grazing.
Food and diet: algae and sponge. Then offer a varied diet of finely chopped meaty items, mysid shrimp, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, Spirulina, and algae. It should be fed several times a day.
Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.
Level of Care: Difficult
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3" to 3-1/2"; Medium: 3-1/2" to 4-1/2"; Large: 4-1/2" to 5-1/2"

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 Heniochus Black & White Butterflyfish
Heniochus acuminata
(Indo or Maldives)

Butterflyfish fish are so hard to keep. " This statement may be so for some species, but certainly not for the Butterflyfish in the genus Heniochus. They are superbly adaptable aquarium specimens which acclimate quickly, thrive under a variety of conditions, are not quarrelsome & readily accept all foods. 

Description: This is one of the more durable of the Butterflyfish species, and one of a few butterflies that are generally reef safe. It is a very active fish and should be housed in a tank of at least 55 gallons. 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. It will sometimes clean other fishes. This is a zooplankton feeder that can be housed with corals and other ornamental invertebrates. An occasional individual may nip at Xenia or other soft corals.
Recommended tank size: A minimum of a 55 gallon tank is necessary.
Reef Compatibility: This is a zooplankton feeder that can be housed with corals and other ornamental invertebrates
Food and diet: Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. Feed several times daily.
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

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 Indo Pacific
Racoon Butterflyfish
Chaetodon lunula

Identification: The Raccoon Butterflyfish is a peaceful fish that may reside in fish-only aquarium with other butterflyfish.
Recommended tank size: A minimum of a 70 gallon tank is necessary. Provide plenty of hiding places such as caves and live rock for grazing.
Reef Compatibility: It should not be kept in a reef tank since it will eat invertebrates and is deemed unsafe with corals.
Food and diet:sponges, meaty foods, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and frozen preparations several times daily.
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

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Copperband Butterflyfish
Chelmon rostratus
Identification: The Copperband Butterflyfish, Chelmon rostratus, also commonly called the Beak Coralfish, is found in reefs in both the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This butterflyfish is one of the three species in the genus Chelmon, all being known for having longer beaks. These fish are easily identified by the yellow banding and long snout, juveniles being similar to adults. Copperband butterflyfish can grow to 8 inches but in a home aquarium are usually found at half that size.They do well at a normal reef temperature range of 75 to 84 °F , with a tank size of at least 75 gallons with lots of live rock to graze on. This species can be considered reef safe. It will eat many invertebrates, including parasitic forms such as Calliactis parasitica and common glass anemone (aiptasia) . This is not a recommended fish for inexperienced aquarists, as it requires excellent tank conditions to thrive or even survive.
Minimum tank size: 50 Gallon
Feeding and diet: The Copperband Butterflyfish is a difficult fish to get to start feeding. Offer a varied diet including crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations.
Reef Compatibility: As a rule it is generally reef safe, but nothing is 100%. Good to control aiptasia & glass anemones. Most individuals can be kept in a reef tank with most soft corals and small-polyped stony corals, although some may nip at shrimp and fan worms.
Level of Care: Moderate
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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 Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
Forcipiger flavissimus

Identification: The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus) is a species of butterflyfish in the genus Forcipiger. It is also known as the Forcepsfish. It is similar in appearance to and found in the same range as the less common Forcipiger longirostris. Together, the two species are collectively known in the Hawaiian language as lauwiliwilinukunuku?oi?oi, or "long-snouted (sharp-beaked) fish shaped like a wiliwili leaf". This is a good first butterfly purchase, though not necessarily for a beginning hobbyist. If acclimated properly, Longnose Butterflyfish are a hardy addition to any fish-only system.
Minimum tank size: It does best if kept in a 70 gallon or larger tank with peaceful tankmates.
Feeding and diet: Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations.
Reef Compatibility: Most individuals can be kept in a reef tank with most soft corals and small-polyped stony corals, although some may nip at large-polyped stony corals, certain soft corals (including xeniids and clavulariids) and zoanthids (e.g., Parazoanthus spp.).
Level of Care: Moderate
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Medium: 2-1/2" to 4"; Large: 4" to 6"

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 Teardrop Butterflyfish
Chaetodon unimaculatus

Identification: Teardrop Butterflyfish also known as the Yellow Teardrop Butterfly, Onespot Butterflyfish, Limespot Butterflyfish, One-spot Butterfly, Pacific and Teardrop Butterfly are a beautiful and peaceful species that can be found in various reef and lagoon environments from the Indo-Pacific to Hawaii. The Teardrop Butterflyfish makes an excellent choice for experienced hobbyists looking to add some activity and color to a large FOWLR aquarium. Teardrop Butterflyfish can be timid and can refuse food during the acclimation process; although they can usually be enticed to eat by the feeding of live brine shrimp or ghost shrimp. Once they have been eating live food for at least a week, they may also accept frozen and prepared foods. Teardrop Butterflyfish will do very well with many different tank mates as well as their own species; as long as they aren't housed with fish species that commonly bully others. Teardrop Butterflyfish require stable, pristine water conditions as well as open swimming space, sufficient water flow, and places where they can hide and take shelter; a well established aquarium is essential. Teardrop Butterflyfish are quite popular with many experienced hobbyists and can readily be purchased from local and online retailers alike.

Aquarium Care
Teardrop Butterflyfish should be housed in an established aquarium of at least 90 gallons and provided with a sand substrate as well as plenty of live rock built up to form multiple caves and crevices for shelter (they appreciate dark hiding places) as well as some open, unobstructed swimming space. To ensure pristine water conditions, sufficient oxygenation, and efficient water movement, strong biological and mechanical filtration is required as well as the use of a quality protein skimmer. They are a timid species and are very peaceful towards their own kind as well as heterospecific tank mates. If multiple Teardrop Butterflyfish were to be kept in the same environment, they would require a much larger aquarium. They are an excellent choice for FOWLR systems, but are not recommended for reef tanks due to their strong preference for eating a wide variety of corals and other sessile invertebrates as well as polychaetes, small crustaceans, and sponges.
Feeding and diet: Teardrop Butterflyfish are an omnivorous species that naturally prefer to eat LPS coral, SPS coral, soft coral, polychaetes, small crustaceans, marine algae, and sponges. In the aquarium they should be provided with a wide variety of meaty foods such as live, frozen, and vitamin-enriched, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, ghost shrimp, chopped krill, chopped crab meat, bloodworms, nori, marine algae, and high quality flake food (preferably Spirulina-based). They will also graze on any filamentous algae that be already be in the aquarium. Feeding frequency should be twice a day.
Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on coral and a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank. Perfect for a fish only aquarium or a Fowler aquarium but not a reef aquarium.
Level of Care: Moderate Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3 1/2"; Large: 3 1/2" to 4 1/2"

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 Heniochus Brown Butterflyfish
Chaetodon falcula

Identification: The Brown Heniochus is also called the Humphead Bannerfish because it has a large hump above its head (which develops as the fish matures) and an elongated dorsal spine, giving the body a triangular shape. Its body is brown with white vertical bars at the back of the head and from the tip of the dorsal to the bottom base of the tail. In the wild they inhabit reef crests and reef slopes at depths from 6 to 100 feet. They feed mainly on sponge, stony coral polyps, worms, and tunicates/sea squirts. Brown Heniochus are best maintained in larger peaceful fish-only aquariums, especially those with lots of open swimming space, with lots of live rock caves to hide in.
Minimum tank size: 90 Gallon
Feeding and Diet: As to diet, difficult to get feeding, therefore, beginning with live enriched brine shrimp and live black worms (Lumbriculus variegatus) should first be tried and offered several times daily. Once feeding regularly it is very hardy and can be fed various frozen meaty foods such as mysis and enriched brine shrimp. Should there be a problem getting this species to feed, small human consumption clams/black mussels purchased in local grocery stores and placed on the half-shell in the aquarium may help entice it to begin feeding.
Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.
Level of Care: Moderate Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3 1/2"; Large: 3 1/2" to 4 1/2"

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Auriga Butterflyfish
Chaetodon auriga

Identification: The Threadfin Butterflyfish, Chaetodon auriga, is a species of butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae). It is found in the Indo-Pacific region from the Red Sea and eastern Africa (south to Mossel Bay, South Africa) to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island and Rapa Iti, at depths of between 1 and 35 m.
Minimum tank size: 55 Gallon
Feeding and diet: Offer crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. Feeding more than once daily is recommended.
Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.
Level of Care: Fairly Easy

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 Double Saddle Butterflyfish
Chaetodon ulietensis

Identification: The Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish or False Furcula Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis), is a species of butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae). It flourishes in coral-rich environments in the Indo-Pacific region. Their range extends from the Cocos-Keeling Islands to the Tuamotu Islands, and north to Japan. They are usually found from the surface to 20 m depths, and like shallow channels with high current. These fish can reach a size of 6 inches. They are white with vertical thin black lines down the body and two dark saddles saddles on the fore and hind back, which softly grade into the background color bellywards gradient. Immediately after the hind quarter saddle, the body and tail is bright yellow with a black spot on the caudal peduncle. The dorsal fin has a streak of yellow from the crown of the head to the tail. Like most of its relatives this species displays a black eye band like a mask. As in most butterflyfish, the Pacific double-saddle butterflyfish is prone to blanching at night and when startled.
Feeding and diet: Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations.
Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank. It will even eat large sea anemones!
Level of Care: Moderate

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 True Falcula Butterflyfish
Chaetodon falcula

Identification: The Black-wedged Butterflyfish, Chaetodon falcula, is a species of butterflyfish (family Chaetodontidae). It is found in the Indian Ocean, from eastern Africa south to Indonesia.It grows to a maximum of 8 inches long. Its shape is reminiscent of longsnout butterflyfish, though the snout is not as extremely prolonged and the pattern is very different. The body is white with a series of narrow vertical dark grey lines and bright yellow and orange over the back, dorsal fin, anal fin and caudal fin. There are two well-defined black saddles on the back, and as usual the characteristic black eye-band of Chaetodon is present.
Minimum tank size: 75 Gallon
Feeding and diet: Carnivorous, feed marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations.
Reef Compatibility: This species feeds on a wide-range of invertebrates, including some of the species we attempt to maintain in the reef tank.
Level of Care: Moderate

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   ReefPods™ Tisbe by AlgaGen
AlgaGen ReefPods™ Tisbe
Excellent food for Mandarins, Blennies, Gobies, Seahorses, and many other finicky eating fish

ReefPods™ Tisbe the most popular aquarium Pod -they consumes your aquarium’s wastes and detritus, reproduce well, and are food for a multitude of reef inhabitants!

ReefPods™ Tisbe is a live culture of the harpacticoid copepod Tisbe biminiensis. Tisbe adult copepods live on bottom substrate such as live rock or sand and will eat detritus and microalage in the aquarium. They produce a small nauplii which is an excellent food for aquarium filter feeders and fish larvae. The adults are eaten by small bottom feeding fish such as gobies, dragonettes and blennies.

ReefPods™ Tisbe may be used as a starter culture to add to marine aquarium refugiums or the main tank. Once established they will reproduce quickly, growing from nauplii to adults in about nine days. They will thrive in a wide range of aquarium temperatures and a wide range of salinities. It is suggested they be added to the aquarium at night or to the refugium to avoid immediate fish predation.

Tisbe is an excellent all purpose aquarium copepod owing to its role in the natural environment as a detritivore. An opportunist feeder, Tisbe can be used as a tank cleaner consuming uneaten food and wastes as well as phytoplankton in the tank and refugium. Tisbe is capable of producing many eggs during its adult life span that hatch into nauplii which will enter the water column as food for your filter feeding reef inhabitants and replenish the adult population vital to tank hygiene. Tisbe adults and juveniles may also enter the water column and be tasty and nutritious treats for your reef fish!


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Note: Please be aware that coloration within species may be quite variable. The specimen you receive may not look exactly like the representative photo on the site do to these natural variations in color or markings.