Saddleback butterflyfish

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

  1. FAMILY - Chactodontidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Chaetodon Ephippium

    COMMON NAME - Saddled Butterflyfish (saddleback Butterflyfish)

    SIZE - 9" (23 cm)

    RANGE - Indo Pacific

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 100 US Gal. (379 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, frozen preparations. Feed min. 3 times a day.


    REEF COMPATIBILITY - Compatible with some soft corals, however, will damage stony corals, will nip at most of the sessile invertebrates on the live rock.

    CAPTIVE CARE - Most smaller individuals will fail to feed, individuals over 4" (10 cm) should be obtained as a minimum, plenty of swimming space and optimal water quality is a must. A healthy growth of filamentous algae is a plus, one specimen or a pair can be kept in the same tank if large enough, typically not bothered by aggressive tankmates.

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    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 13, 2014
    jhnrb, Jan 23, 2009