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Teardrop Butterfly
Chaetodon interruptus
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Tank Stats
Size: 1.5 inch
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Moderate
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Clam
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe:
Minimum Tank Size:

The Teardrop Butterfly features a tearing eyespot on the upper part of its body, which is really pronounced in juveniles. The Teardrop Butterfly reaches up to 8 inches in the wild that is why is best to keep it in a tank not less than 75 gallons. The Teardrop Butterfly has strong jaw using which it can eat just about anything on a coral-rich reef from hard and soft corals. This means that it should not be kept in a reef tank. With its attractive color and bold personality, the Teardrop Butterfly makes a captivating addition to a tank. The Teardrop Butterfly is known to be hardy and can be easily adapted to aquarium life, which makes it a good choice for a beginner aquarist. The Teardrop Butterfly spends most of its time in eating sponge, algae, worms and that is why it is not considered a reef safe species. The Teardrop Butterfly is very good at eating and has a broad appetite, readily accept foods offered in captivity. The Teardrop Butterfly is commonly referred to as the Onespot Butterflyfish, Limespot Butterflyfish, One-spot Butterfly, Pacific Teardrop Butterflyfish, and Teardrop Coralfish. The Teardrop Butterfly is not at all a good choice for a beginner aquarist because it is one of the most destructive species. The Teardrop Butterfly needs a temperature range of 74-81 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Teardrop Butterfly can be kept in an environment of moderate to bright light tank. There is no distinguishing feature in male or female, so breeding in captivity is not possible. The Teardrop Butterfly is susceptible to diseases like Marine Ich (white spot disease), Marine Velvet, and should be quarantined immediately once observed with any symptoms.

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