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Speckled Butterflyfish
Chaetodon citrinellus
Speckled Butterflyfish
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Size: 2-2.5 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Clam
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: No
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With its whitish-yellow body and small dark spots on it, the Speckled Butterflyfish makes a beautiful addition to any tank. It is commonly known as the Cirrus Butterflyfish. The black stripes running through its eyes aid to confuse the predators. It is not considered reef safe, as it tends to nip over the corals and eat certain invertebrates. The Speckled Butterflyfish thrives well in a temperature range of 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.4-8.5. It is difficult to feed in captivity, but once it starts feeding it does well in the tank. Keep the diet varied and feed the Speckled Butterflyfish with a combination of dry foods with live, fresh, or frozen meaty foods as brine shrimp, for its continued health. It basically likes to graze over stony corals or feeds on benthic invertebrates. The Speckled Butterflyfish is mainly nocturnal and should be kept mostly in pairs or small groups. It is a very agile and fast swimmer, helping it to escape quickly. Its small size allows the Speckled Butterflyfish to hide in small cracks and crevices out of the reach of larger predators. The Speckled Butterflyfish requires lot of hiding spots as well as plenty of space to swim; therefore the tank should be cleverly decorated. It is generally peaceful and can be kept in a friendly community aquarium. The Speckled Butterflyfish might turn territorial to other similar looking species; therefore we suggest you to keep the tank decorated with plenty of hiding places, if you wish to keep them all together in your tank without aggression. Also, you can reduce the risk of aggression by keeping dissimilar sizes of butterflyfish and by introducing the smallest one first.
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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.
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