Sunset Butterfly

Sunset Butterfly

Chaetodon pelewensis

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Southern Pacific Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Max Size: 5 inches
The Sunset Butterfly (Chaetodon pelewensis) is a beautiful fish found among the reefs of the South Pacific Ocean. They have golden-silver bodies with diagonal stripes, a streak across their eye, and a vibrant orange section at the peduncle of their caudal fin. They feed on a variety of organisms, including sponges, algae, copepods, amphipods, and other small crustaceans. They are not recommended for reef aquariums, as they have been known to nip at corals polyps. They reach a maximum size of 5 inches and should be kept in a peaceful Fish-Only system of at least 70 gallons. They should not be housed with larger, aggressive fish, such as triggers. They can be kept in pairs, though it is recommended to be kept singly, and not with butterflies of similar patterns/colors. 

I love this Sunset Butterfly! Pictures don’t compare to the live fish. The new addition improves my saltwater water aquarium. Everyone loves it.

Reviewed by: Joe Welsch on Dec. 31, 2021

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