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Highfin Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Highfin Butterflyfish
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The Highfin Butterflyfish, also known as the Tawneygirdled Butterflyfish, Highfin Coralfish, or Hi Fin Coradion Butterflyfish, has a silver-white base color with two, dark brown bars behind the pectoral fins and a third, yellow-orange bar at the back of the body. It also has a dark brown bar through the eyes.

The Highfin Butterflyfish requires a 70 gallon or larger aquarium with a few hiding places.

The diet for the Highfin Butterflyfish should include a variety of meaty foods.

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: Highfin Butterflyfish (Coradion altivelis)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Indian Ocean to Australia

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: 70 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Care Level: Egg Scatterer

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