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Chaetodon plebeius - Cuvier, 1831
Bluespot Butterflyfish

Needing live coral polyps in its diet, a poor choice for the aquarium. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is one of the numerous butterflies with a specialized diet that consists of live corals. It stubbornly ignores even the best aquarium foods and typically succumbs slowly to a lack of required nutrients.

To be avoided by conscientious aquarists.

Family: Chaetodontidae

Other common name(s):

  • Blueblotch Butterflyfish

Native range:

Habitat: Coral reefs with heavy Acropora spp. coral cover.

Maximum length: 15 cm (6 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 285 L (75 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater to bottom.

[edit] Feeding

Obligate corallivore. Usually starves in the aquarium.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Bluespot ButterflyfishRDF feed
Common name Bluespot Butterflyfish  +, and Blueblotch Butterflyfish  +
Family Chaetodontidae  +
Genus Chaetodon  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 6 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Western Pacific  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name plebeius  +
Swimming level Midwater to bottom.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +

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