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Spotbanded Butterflyfish

Chaetodon punctatofasciatus

How to Care for Spotbanded Butterflyfish

written by Dave Burr

Behavior: The Spotbanded Butterfly is a peaceful community fish and should do well in most non-aggressive community tanks. It is compatible with other butterflyfish. Make sure to provide plenty of swimming room and several hiding places where it can retreat to. Pairs of the Spotbanded Butterflies may be kept in an aquarium of 80 gallons or larger if they are introduced at the same time.

The Spotbanded Butteflyfish is not reef safe and will eat a wide variety of coral. It may also prey on clams, anemones, and small inverts.

Feeding: Offer the Spotbanded Butterflyfish a mixed diet of mysis shrimp, finely chopped meaty foods, and algae preparations 4-6 times per week. Soaking all fish food with vitamins will help keep your fish healthier and make them less susceptible to disease. We recommend soaking food in garlic as well when adding new fish and whenever your notice ich or other disease in the aquarium. Garlic will help repel external parasites and will boost the fishes immunity.

Feeding Tips: Remember to feed slowly. Leftover food will cause nitrates and phosphates to rise. If you see food falling to the sand bed and into the rocks you should feed slower and give the fish a chance to eat before adding a little more. Using a turkey baster allows you to target food to different fish. For example you can feed the aggressive fish on one side of the tank and then squirt a little bit on the other side for the less aggressive fish. This way all the fish get a chance to eat enough.

Maximum Length: 5"
Care Level: Easy
Family: Chaetodontidae
Reef Compatibility: Not reef safe - coral eater
Minimum Aquarium Size: 80 gal.
Range: Fiji, Indo Pacific
Diet: Omnivore
Water Conditions: 75-80° F; sg 1.024-1.026 (1.025 is ideal); pH 8.1-8.4 Ca 420-440 ppm, Alk 8-9.5 dKH, Mg 1260-1350, Nitrates <10ppm, Phosphates, < .10ppm

Water Chemistry: Maintaining Ammonia at 0 ppm, Nitrites at 0 ppm, and Nitrates below 10ppm will help to keep your Spotbanded Butterflyfish happy and healthy. We recommend doing a water change soon after Nitrates rise above 10 ppm. Maintaining proper calcium (420-440 ppm), alkalinity (8-9.5 dkh - run it 7-8 if you are carbon dosing) , and magnesium levels (1260-1350 ppm) will help to keep pH stable in the 8.1-8.4 range. We recommend a specific gravity of 1.024-1.026 with 1.025 being ideal for fish. Temperature should remain stable as well and should stay within a 2 degree range.