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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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Auriga Butterflyfish

Chaetodon auriga , Indo Pacific
Picture of Auriga Butterflyfish, Chaetodon auriga

Description: The Auriga Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga) is also known as Threadfin Butterflyfish. Generally a hardy species, in the wild it is found on inner and outer reef slopes. A real attraction with a bold elegant appearance and a bold personality to match. n the wild it is one good sized butterflyfish, reaching a length of just over 9 inches, in captivity it reaches around 5-1/2 inches. One of the Auriga's most fantastic features, seen on full grown adults, is a long pennant type extension streaming from the fifth and sixth filaments of the dorsal fin. Thus its common name Threadfin Butterfly was derived. This is one of the best all around butterflyfish and does quite well in a fish only community environment. They get along well with most other marine fishes, basically just ignoring them. Yet they are one of the more aggressive butterflyfish and will often chase conspecifics and others with a similar color pattern and shape. For the best success in keeping more than one butterfly, provide a very large tank and introduce them at the same time.

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

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility Not Reef Safe

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"


Small $36.99 Medium$41.99 Large$59.99



Aquarium Conditioned
Double Saddle Butterflyfish

Chaetodon ulietensis, Indo Pacific
Picture of Double Saddle Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ulietensis

Description: The Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish also called the False Falcula Butterflyfish, Doublesaddle Butterflyfish, or Saddled Butterflyfish, flourishes in coral-rich environments in the Indo-Pacific region. 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. They should only be placed into aquariums that have been established for 6 months or longer. The Double Saddled Butterflyfish, like most Butterflies, eat small organisms that they find in the aquarium. They will also eat other items such as mussels or clams, mysis shrimp, and even flake food. Most of these fish are good feeders, though they may not eat well for a short time while they settle into a new aquarium. If aggressive fish chase them from food, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish may stop eating, so it is important to keep them with peaceful tank mates. They do seem to do well in community aquariums, and generally do not have problems with other fish. .

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 125 gallons or larger, with other butterflyfish. Plenty of live Rock hiding places, and plenty of space to swim is a good environment.

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 Not Reef Safe

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"


Small $36.99 Medium$41.99 Large$59.99





Aquarium Conditioned
True Falcula Butterflyfish

Chaetodon falcula, Maldives
Picture of True Falcula Butterflyfish, Chaetodon falcula

Description: The True Falcula Butterflyfish, Chaetodon falcula, is a species of butterflyfish that grows to a maximum of 8 inches in the wild and to about 5-1/2 inches in captivity. 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. They should only be placed into aquariums that have been established for at least 6 months. Double Saddled Butterfly Fish, like many Butterflies, eat small organisms that they find in the aquarium. They will also eat other items such as mussels or clams, mysis shrimp, and even flake food. Because they may be easily stressed in transport, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish should be moved carefully. Most of these fish are good feeders, though they may not eat well for a short time while they settle into an aquarium. If aggressive fish chase them from food, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish may stop eating, so it is important to keep them with peaceful tank mates. They do seem to do well in community aquariums, and generally do not have problems with other fish.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 125 gallons or larger, with other butterflyfish. Plenty of live Rock hiding places, and plenty of space to swim is a good environment.
Feeding: Their diet needs to be for a Carnivorous marine fish. Feed frozen and freeze dried crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations. 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: 1-1/4" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3-1/2"; Large: 3-1/2" to 4-1/2"

Small $59.99 Medium$79.99 Large$99.99

Aquarium Conditioned
Saddleback Butterflyfish

Chaetodon ephippium, Indo Pacific
Picture of Saddleback Butterflyfish, Chaetodon ephippium

Description: The Saddleback Butterflyfish, also known as the Saddled Butterflyfish or Saddle Butterflyfish. A popular favorite, this is one of the most sought after butterflyfish in the aquarium hobby. It is also one of the easier butterflyfish to keep, though some technical care is needed to maintain it. This fish will even go up to the surface to take foods from its keepers once it is comfortable and familiar with its environment and routine. A full size wild specimen can reach a length of 10 inches though they reach a length of 5 to 6 inches in the aquarium.

Tank Recommendations: The aquarium needs to be at least 125 gallons or larger, with other butterflyfish. Plenty of live Rock hiding places, and plenty of space to swim is a good environment.

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

Level of Care: Moderate

Reef Compatibility Not Reef Safe

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"


Small $36.99 Medium$42.99 Large$59.99


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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.