Threadfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga)
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265 Litres (70 US G.)
17.8-22.9cm (7-9 ")
8.2 - 8.5
22.2-23.9°C (72 -75 °F)
- Threadfin Butterflyfish, Auriga Butterflyfish
Additional scientific names
- Chaetodon sebanus, Chaetodon setifer
Origin[edit | edit source]
- Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa (extending to Mossel Bay, South Africa) to the Hawaiian, Marquesan, and Ducie islands, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe and Rapa islands.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- This fish cannot be visually sexed and is not bred in captivity.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- This fish can be shy and is often found in pairs in the wild. Do not keep with aggressive or boisterous fish.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Will graze on algae, and will also eat small invertebrates and polyps. Must be supplemented with frozen, live foods such as plankton and vegetables if these aren't available, and include vitamin-boosting supplements also.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Supplement several times a week, or daily if not enough algae is present.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Should be kept in a very mature established system as they are very sensitive to water chemistry. Plenty of live rock with algae growth should be present as well as plenty of hiding places.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- A shy and peaceful Butterflyfish.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- High sided slender fish with a white body crossed with dark yellow/brown lines, a black bar covers it's eye and the back end of the fish is yellow, complete with a black spot on the dorsal.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )