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Tinker’s Butterflyfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Tinker's Butterflyfish
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The Tinker's Butterflyfish is also known as the Hawaiian Butterflyfish or Tinkerii Butterflyfish. The anterior half is white with black dots on each scale and the posterior part of the body is black. Shades of yellow and orange mark the face, dorsal fin, and tail.

The Tinker's Butterflyfish requires a moderately lit, 70-75°, 50 gallon or larger fish-only aquarium. It is not suitable for reef tanks since it eats mushroom corals, anemones, and stony corals in the wild.

The diet should consist of different meaty items and some vegetables.

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: Tinker's Butterflyfish (Chaetodon tinkerii)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: 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: 50 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Care Level: Egg Scatterer

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