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Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish
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The Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish, also known as the Raccoon Fasciatus Butterflyfish, or Diagonal Butterflyfish, is yellow-orange, darker on the upper half of its body, and has a black patch around its eyes. It has dark diagonal lines across its body. This fish is often confused with the Raccoon Butterflyfish.

It is a peaceful fish and may reside in a 70 gallon or larger fish-only aquarium with other butterflyfish. It should not be put into a reef tank environment because it will eat invertebrates.

Feed the Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish a small anemone, if at first, it is not interested in eating. Otherwise, feed a varied diet of meaty foods, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and frozen preparations several times daily.

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: Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon fasciatus)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Red Sea

Size: Up to 8 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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