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Indian Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Indian Butterflyfish
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The Indian Butterflyfish, also known as the Black and Yellow Butterflyfish, or the Mitratus Butterflyfish, is yellow with a bluish coloration on the dorsal fin. It has two black stripes that run diagonally and a bold stripe across the eye that is black above, and orange below.

The Indian Butterflyfish will do well in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium that provides ample hiding places and plenty of room to swim. The Indian Butterflyfish prefers aquariums with live rock so that it may eat the algae. It also feeds on worms, bottom swelling invertebrates, along with plankton.

In the aquarium, the diet can consist of finely chopped crustacean meat and mysid shrimp.

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: Indian Butterflyfish (Chaetodon mitratus)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Maldives

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Carnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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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