Saddle Butterflyfish

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Saddle Butterflyfish

This species is known as Saddle Butterflyfish and the correct latin name is Chaetodon ephippium. It belongs to the Butterfly Fish family. (e) Origin of this species is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

A peaceful fish in general.

Saddle Butterflyfish can grow up to 30 cm what is approximately 11 inches. 1 specimen basically needs at least 3600cm2 of water surface which is approximately 558 square inch. This fish should be kept in aquariums that are large. (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 not very difficult to keep the Saddle 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 pH levels shouldn't be outside of 8.0 - 8.3 since most marine fish are used to the mentioned range of pH values.

In nature this Butterfly can be seen alone, in pairs, but in small groups too. In aquarium it should be kept alone with other peaceful fish. The tank should be big enough, so the fish will feel comfortable and it will have room for swimming.

If you want to breed fish in your tank, you should not keep this fish there because it may eat fish eggs. Usually they eat some algae, small invertebrates, sponges, coral polyps and some worms.

Saddle Butterflyfish picture no. 1

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Saddle Butterflyfish picture no. 3
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