The Eight Banded Butterfly is a small Butterflyfish and makes a good addition to a community fish tank. With its yellow or creamy colored body and black bands over it, the Eight Banded Butterflyfish makes a gorgeous addition to any tank. It features seven bands on each side and one more band along the nape. The Eight Banded Butterflyfish prefers to live in pairs and grows up to 5 inches in length, therefore needs a large aquarium of 75 gallons. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit. The juveniles Eight Banded Butterflyfish is often seen in groups among branching corals such as Acropora corals. The Eight Banded Butterflyfish is not a good choice for a beginner aquarist and is considered difficult to keep and feed. It is said it often starves to death when in captivity. The Eight Banded Butterflyfish may nip over the corals as food and is considered unsafe to keep in reef tank.
The family of Butterflyfish get their name from their behavior offluttering around the reef. These fish typically have rather round and thin bodies. They are very colorful and some have extended snouts which they use to reach worms entrenched in the reef. They do spend their days pecking at coral and rockwork with their long, thin snouts in search of coral polyps, worms, and the many small invertebrates.These fish feeds on filamentous algae, small invertebrates, coral polyps, and fish eggs. Offer frozen butterfly food, chopped clams, enriched flake food or small pellets.Although they are considered easy to keep, they will do better is a system that has been established for at least six months.Some butterflyfish species travel in small schools, many are solitary until they find a partner, with whom they may mate for life.