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Pearlscale Butterfly
Chaetodon xanthurus
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Tank Stats
Size: 3-3.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Clam
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe:
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:

With its striking color pattern, it makes a very pretty fish in the tank. The Pearlscale Butterfly has black edged pearly scales that gives a cross-hatched or netted pattern overall. The Pearlscale Butterfly is commonly referred as Yellowtail Butterflyfish, Crosshatch Butterflyfish, Netted Butterflyfish, Orange Butterflyfish, and Crowned Pearlscale Butterflyfish. It is quite a hardy fish and makes a good choice for an intermediate aquarist with some experience. The Pearlscale Butterfly is best to keep in a tank not les than 35 gallon, and if you wish to keep it more than one then a bigger tank is required. It can be kept in a community tank with other peaceful inhabitants, and once it is acclimatized in the tank it is proved to be a sturdy aquarium fish. The Pearlscale Butterfly needs a well decorated aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, e.g. caves and crevices to give an opportunity to carry out its natural browsing behavior in captivity. It grows up to 5.5 inches and has an average life span of 5 years and possibly longer with proper care. Since it is an omnivore, it can be given a diet of shrimps, spirulina and other sponge based frozen foods. The Pearlscale Butterflyfish is ideally kept in a large fish only (FO) or fish only with live rock (FOLR) community tank. In a reef the Pearlscale Butterfly does well with soft corals and may be safe with stony corals. However, it may eat coral polyps in nature and could snack on the polyps in the aquarium, so be vigilant. It is susceptible to marine ich like diseases and can be treated successfully with copper drugs.

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