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Blackback Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Blackback Butterflyfish
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The Blackback Butterflyfish, also known as the Melannotus Butterflyfish, has a white body with a series of black diagonal stripes on the sides. The fins are yellow and it has a yellow face with a black eye band.

The Blackback Butterflyfish should be the only butterflyfish, unless it has a mate, in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium that has numerous hiding places and plenty of room to swim.

The Blackback Butterflyfish eats a variety of meaty preparations that should incorporate a vitamin or color enhancing food to keep its colors crisp. It eats soft corals in the wild.

Like other butterflyfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Cardinalfish, Clownfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Parrotfish, Pseudochromis and Puffers.

Fish Facts

Name: Blackback Butterflyfish (Chaetodon melannotus)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Care Level: Egg Scatterer

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