Ornate butterflyfish

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

  1. FAMILY - Chactodontidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Chaetodon Ornatissimus

    COMMON NAME - Ornate Butterflyfish, Clown Butterflyfish

    SIZE - 7" (18 cm )

    RANGE - Sri Lanka to Hawaiian Islands, Marquesas, Ducie Islands, north to Southern Japan, south to Lord Howe, Rapa Islands

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - US Gal. (284 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Specialized diet of coral polyps, coral mucus, 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 corallivores, 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. If this species is attempted, an adequate supply of stony corals (pavona, porites, pocillopora, montipora) must be provided.

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    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 6, 2014
    jhnrb, Jan 23, 2009