Latticed Butterfly "Chaetodon rafflesi"
5" - 8"
72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025
General: The Latticed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rafflesi) naturally occupies lagoons within the Pacific Ocean, and Indonesian marine ecosystems. The Latticed Butterflyfish will reach a length of seven inches, is not considered to be "reef safe", and should be kept in an aquarium larger than 100 gallons. This Butterflyfish is typically a peaceful marine fish species that should be added after having "cycled" a new aquarium. The Latticed Butterflyfish may also be kept with another, as long as it is of opposite gender.
Aquarium Diet (Corallivorous): The Latticed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rafflesi) is naturally an omnivore, primarily preying upon benthal (bottom dwelling) invertebrates such as coral, mussels, and crustaceans. It is often ideal to provide a balanced diet for omnivorous Butterflyfish containing an algae, such as Spirulina, as well. The Latticed Butterflyfish may also be utilized as a biological control for aquarium pests such as Aiptasia, and Bristleworm.