Teardrop Butterfly "Chaetodon unimaculatus"

Care Level

Low

Placement

Any

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

8" - 12"

Minimum Size

150 gallon

Color

Yellow, White, Black

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

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

General: The Teardrop Butterflyfish (Chaetodon unimaculatus) naturally occupies reefs surrounding Hawaii, Japan, and East Africa. The Teardrop Butterflyfish will reach a length of eight 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 Teardrop Butterflyfish may also be kept with another, as long as it is of opposite gender.

Aquarium Diet (Corallivorous): The Teardrop Butterflyfish (Chaetodon unimaculatus) 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 Teardrop Butterflyfish may also be utilized as a biological control for aquarium pests such as Aiptasia, and Bristleworm.