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Latticed Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Latticed Butterflyfish
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The Latticed Butterflyfish, also known as Raffle's Butterflyfish, is yellow with dark scale margins giving a lattice-like appearance. It has a black eye band and a blue patch between the eyes; the tail has a black vertical stripe.

It requires a 70 gallon or larger aquarium that has numerous hiding places and peaceful community members. In the wild, it will prey on hard and soft corals, zoanthids, and/or anemones. If the fish is asleep or stressed, it will get a dark spot on the front of the body.

The Latticed Butterflyfish will feed on chopped sea 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: Latticed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rafflesi)

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: 70 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Care Level: Egg Scatterer

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