Black Butterflyfish

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Black Butterflyfish

This marine aquarium fish is known as Black Butterflyfish, Dusky Butterflyfish, Yellow-face Butterflyfish and the correct latin name is Chaetodon flavirostris. It belongs to the Butterfly Fish family. (e) Origin of this species is Pacific Ocean. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

The Black Butterflyfish species is peaceful.

Black Butterflyfish can grow up to 20 cm what is approximately 7 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 2400cm2 of water surface which is approximately 372 square inch. This fish should be kept in aquariums that are medium. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Capacity of very large aquariums is at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the Black Butterflyfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The recommended pH level is between 8.0 and 8.3 since marine fish are used to these levels in general.

This fish is another omnivorous and it feeds on coral (so only coral that can be in the tank should be in form of food) algae and small benthic invertebrates.

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

Black Butterflyfish, picture 1

Black Butterflyfish, picture 2

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Black Butterflyfish, picture 5

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