The Orbiculate Batfish is also called the Round Batfish, Orbic Platax and the Orbic Batfish. A round body of reddish brown and large round fins contribute to this fish's commanding presence. It can potentially grow to an adult size of 22 inches, measuring from the tip of the dorsal to the tip of the anal fin.
It is peaceful and hardy when provided with a deep tank of at least 180 gallons and plenty of unobstructed room to swim. Not a good reef dweller, it will eat many types of sessile invertebrates including corals and anemones. As with all Batfish, the Orbiculate is susceptible to ich.
When first introduced into the aquarium, live
saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. A varied diet of meaty foods such as shrimp, scallops, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and frozen herbivore preparations will help the Orbiculate to thrive, especially when fed three times a day.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2-1/2" to 3-1/2"; Medium: 3-1/2" to 5"; Large: 5" to 7"
Charley Love Blaine, MN
This is an extremely fast growing fish. I introduced one into my 55-gallon aquarium when it was about 3 inches tall. A year later, it was the size of a dinner plate, and too large for my 150-gallon aquarium. It's an interesting fish, and easy to keep, but it requires a large aquarium.