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Orbiculate Batfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Orbiculate Batfish
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The Orbiculate Batfish, is also called the Round Batfish, Orbic Platax, and the Orbic Batfish. A round body of reddish brown and large round fins contribute to this fish's commanding presence. It can potentially grow to an adult size of 22 inches.

It is peaceful and hardy when provided with a deep tank of at least 200 gallons and plenty of unobstructed room to swim. Not a good reef dweller, it will eat many types of sessile invertebrates including corals and anemones. As with all Batfish, the Orbiculate is susceptible to ich.

A varied diet of meaty foods such as shrimp, scallops, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen herbivore preparations will help the Orbiculate to thrive, especially when fed three times per day.

Like other batfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Large Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Filefish, Goatfish, Gobies, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Parrotfish, Puffers and Squirrelfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Orbiculate Batfish (Platax orbicularis)

Family: Ephippididae

Range: Indo-Pacific

Size: Up to 22 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: 200 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

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