Dusky Batfish

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Dusky Batfish

This marine aquarium fish is known as Dusky Batfish and the correct latin name is Platax pinnatus. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Batfish family. (e) Origin of this fish is Western Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This Batfish is peaceful.

Dusky Batfish can grow up to 45 cm what is approximately 17 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 5400cm2 of water surface which is approximately 837 square inch. We recommend you to keep it in fish tanks which are large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums have at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the Dusky Batfish. (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 suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

Adult specimen

Dusky Batfish, adult specimen picture

Juvenile specimens

Dusky Batfish, juvenile specimen picture 1

Dusky Batfish, juvenile specimen picture 2

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

Dusky Batfish, picture 3

Dusky Batfish, picture 4

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