Butterflyfish

Butterflyfish reach an adult size of six inches in captivity. The captive care of this group of fish varies a great deal due to the special feeding requirements (live coral polyp) of some species. A large tank with ample hiding places is needed to successfully maintain some species.

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The Auriga Butterflyfish, also known as the Threadfin Butterflyfish, is one of the more popular and readily available butterflyfish. Generally a hardy species, in the wild it is... [Read more]



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The Copperband Butterflyfish, also known as the Beaked Butterflyfish, Beaked Coralfish, or Orange Stripe Butterfly, has a long, narrow nose and mouth used for hunting into crevices... [Read more]



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The Double Saddle Butterflyfish, also known as the False Falcula Butterflyfish, Doublesaddle Butterflyfish, or Saddled Butterflyfish, is white with thin, vertical black lines across... [Read more]



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The Golden Semilarvatus Butterflyfish, also known as the Golden Butterflyfish or Red-lined Butterflyfish, is bright yellow with a series of closely-spaced orange stripes on the... [Read more]



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The Heniochus Black and White Butterflyfish, also known as Longfin Bannerfish, has a very elongated white dorsal filament. It has a base color of white with two wide black stripes.... [Read more]



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The Heniochus Brown Butterflyfish, also known as the Humphead Bannerfish, has a dark brown head and body. It has a narrow white band behind the head to the breast and a diagonal... [Read more]



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The Latticed Butterflyfish, also known as the Raffle's Butterflyfish, is yellow with dark scale margins giving a lattice-like appearance. It has a black eye band and a blue patch... [Read more]



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The Mertensii Butterflyfish, also known as the Orangetail Butterflyfish, or Crowned Pearlyscale Butterflyfish, is a blue silver coloration with black margins on its body scales.... [Read more]



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The Pelewensis Butterflyfish is also known as the Sunset or the Dot-Dash Butterflyfish and it originates from the reefs of the south Pacific. This Butterflyfish has an oval shape... [Read more]



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The Raccoon Butterflyfish is yellow-orange, but darker on the upper half of the body. It has a black patch around its eyes, with a broad white stripe posterior to it. Two black... [Read more]



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The Saddleback Butterflyfish, also known as the Saddled Butterflyfish or Saddle Butterflyfish, has a large black "saddle" with a white border on the rear upper corner of the body... [Read more]



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The Tear Drop Butterflyfish is a beautiful fish originating from the reefs of the Indo Pacific. They have a white base becoming yellow dorsally and on the median fins. It has a... [Read more]



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The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish, or Forceps Fish, can be found singly or in schools on reef flats and slopes of the Indo-Pacific region. It has a long snout that resembles a... [Read more]