Addis Butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus)

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Addis Butterflyfish

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Addis Butterflyfish

Chaetodon semilarvatus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

18-23 cm (7.1-9.1")


8.2 - 8.5

23 -25 °C (73.4-77°F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-10 years



Additional names

Addis Butterflyfish, Red Sea Butterflyfish, Masked Butterflyfish, Golden Butterflyfish

Additional scientific names

Chaetodon melanopoma

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in the Red Sea.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It is not possible to visually sex this fish.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish can be territorial to its own species and towards similar Butterflyfish, otherwise generally peaceful towards tank mates. Best kept as the only Butterflyfish in the tank. Not generally reef safe.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A carnivorous fish, will eat coral polyps and small invertebrates. Will take similar food in captivity such as mysis shrimp and may even adapt to marine flakes.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Requires a spacious tank with hiding places in live rock.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active Butterflyfish is territorial towards its own species and other Butterflyfish, otherwise peaceful.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A large oval fish which is yellow in colour with closely-spaced orange stripes on the sides, and a dark blue-gray patch behind the eyes.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

Wild pair: Wild pair in quarantine:

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