Meyers butterflyfish

Species information for the Meyers butterflyfish, in the Butterflys category.

  1. FAMILY - Chactodontidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Chaetodon Meyeri

    COMMON NAME - Meyer's Butterflyfish

    SIZE - 7" (18 cm )

    RANGE - East Africa to Line Islands, north to the Ryukyus, north to the Marshall Islands, south to the Great Barrier Reef

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 55 Gal. (208 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Specialized diet of coral polyps. Feeds mostly on Acropora corals, reluctant to accept substitutes in captivity, vitamin enriched live brine shrimp, clam on the half shell, mashed squid or shrimp on a bleached stony coral skeleton. Once feeding offer crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations for carnivores. Feed at least 3 times a day.


    REEF COMPATIBILITY - Obligate coralivores, Will eat stony corals.

    CAPTIVE CARE - Make sure the fish is eating prior to purchase. Acclimation of this fish to captivity difficult and if attempted must be done when the fish is young. Should be left on the reef. Keep only one or a pair. Will stake out a large area for its territory and may be aggressive towards other food competitors or members of its own species.

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    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 9, 2014
    jhnrb, Jan 23, 2009