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Rainford’s Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Rainford's Butterflyfish
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The Rainford's Butterflyfish, also known as the Rainfordi Butterflyfish, is yellow with two broad gray-blue stripes with yellow-orange margins on the body. The gray-blue stripes have small spots on them. There is also a dark streak on the tail.

The Rainford's Butterflyfish requires a 70 gallon or larger aquarium that contains peaceful tank mates to smooth its transition to aquarium life.

The Rainford's Butterflyfish survives by eating corals in the wild and has a difficult time adjusting to a new diet. It might be willing to try a coral skeleton coated with mashed meats. Because of its very selective diet, it should be kept by only the most experienced aquarists.

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: Rainford's Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rainfordi)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Australia

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Obligate Corallivore

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: Difficult

Care Level: Egg Scatterer

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