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Orbiculate Batfish
Platax orbicularis
 
 
 
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Tank Stats
Size: 3-3.5 inches
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Docile
Reef Safe:
Diet: Mysid, Marine Feeders
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Coral Safe: Monitor
Invertebrate Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
  
  

The Orbiculate Batfish is commonly referred to as the Round Batfish, Orbic Platax, or Orbic Batfish. It is known to change its appearance a lot during its lifetime. Adult specimens have yellow and brown body whereas juvenile Orbiculate has a silvery body with three black lines running vertically across it. Like all other batfish, the Orbiculate Batfish is also susceptible to marine ich. It is hardy and moderate to care for and grows quickly, thus it is recommended to fish keepers with large aquariums. Since the Orbiculate Batfish eats small fish and invertebrates as well as anemones and corals, it is not considered safe for reef tanks. It is a friendly species but should not be housed with very aggressive fish like triggers. The Orbiculate Batfish is required to be kept in a tank with minimum size of 80 gallons. Since it grows up to 20 inches in the wild but is usually imported at ab out 2-3 inches, it needs a large aquarium. The Orbiculate Batfish prefers to have an ample open space to swim in, along with sands as bottom substrate. It prefers brightly lit aquarium with high water quality and stable water parameters. The Orbiculate Batfish is suitable for ?fish-only? aquarium instead for reef aquariums. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees fahrenhoiet and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Orbiculate Batfish is a predatory fish that eats small fish, invertebrates, anemones and corals.

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