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Doublesaddle Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Doublesaddle Butterflyfish
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The Doublesaddle Butterflyfish, also known as the Double Saddle Butterflyfish, False Falcula Butterflyfish, or Saddled Butterflyfish, is white with thin, vertical black lines across the body. The posterior portion of the body is yellow with a black spot on the tail. It also has two black patches on the body (dorsal side) and a black eye band.

A 50 gallon or larger aquarium with other butterflyfish, hiding places, and plenty of space to swim is a good environment. It is not an acceptable addition to a reef tank since it will eat mushroom corals, anemones, and stony corals.

The diet for the Doublesaddle Butterflyfish should consist of different meaty items and some vegetables.

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: Doublesaddle Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Omnivore

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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