Butterflyfish | Not Really a Butterfly

Butterflyfish | Not Really a Butterfly

Type: Fish
Size: 3 to 6 in
Lifespan: 8 to 12 years
Environment: Saltwater
Temperament: Generally very peaceful

Information / Facts: The Butterflyfish or Chaetodontidae is actually a group of around 115 subspecies that we will hopefully cover later. These fish are not so great for beginners because they are finicky eaters, and cannot withstand temp changes very well. If you find a Butterfly fish online or in a store it was most likely taken from a reef system in the Atlantic, Pacific, or even the Indian Oceans.

Pros: These fish are as chill as they come really. They are very peaceful even although a few subspecies are territorial. They are beautiful and often brightly colored fish.

Cons: Not great for beginners. In fact you must be able to provide a constant temp, as well as deal with their finicky appetites. They can be a bit of a challenge, but are nothing an experienced aquarist can't handle. :)

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