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Chaetodon octofasciatus - Bloch, 1787
Eight-Banded Butterflyfish

A beauty but almost unkeepable in aquaria. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Although highly appealing, this fish is destined to starve in most aquariums and should be avoided by all but the most advanced aquarists. It is one of many members of the butterflyfish family with a specialized diet demanding a constant supply of live coral polyps.

Family: Chaetodontidae

Other common name(s):

  • Eightband Butterflyfish

Native range:

Habitat: Sheltered bays, lagoons, inshore reefs with profuse Acropora spp. coral growth.

Maximum length: 12 cm (5 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.

Drs. Foster and Smith Inc.

[edit] Feeding

Obligate corallivore, likely to starve in captivity.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Eight-Banded ButterflyfishRDF feed
Common name Eight-Banded Butterflyfish  +, and Eightband Butterflyfish  +
Family Chaetodontidae  +
Genus Chaetodon  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 5 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 75 gal  +
Native range Indo-West-Pacific  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name octofasciatus  +
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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