Latticed Butterfly
Chaetodon rafflesi

Care Level

Low

Placement

Any

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Tank Size

150 gallon

Color

Yellow, Black

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025

Description


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.