Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Four Eyed Butterflyfish
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Four Eyed Butterflyfish
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Four Eyed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon capistratus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Clear, Tan, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 6"
Origin Tropical Western Atlantic
Family Chaetodontidae
Minimum Tank Size 120 gallons
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Overview

The Four-Eyed, or Foureye Butterflyfish, is a beautiful but delicate member of the Chaetodontidae family. Two namesake false eyespots on either base of the caudal fin help not only to add to this fish's beauty, but to also misdirect predators. Iridescent stripes cover the creamy-white body, running off of the center of the fish, with a vibrant yellow outline accenting the outer edge of the body.

The Four-Eyed Butterfly is a peaceful fish and should be housed with other peaceful tankmates. It is possible to keep a male-female pair, but members of the same sex may fight. It is not suitable for the reef aquarium, as it enjoys eating stony corals and gorgonian polyps

The Four-Eyed Butterfly is a carnivore that can be difficult to feed, especially in the beginning. To entice eating, offer live vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, clam, and mashed squid or shrimp. Once eating regularly, offer mysis shrimp and frozen carnivore preparations. The Four-Eyed Butterfly should be fed at least three times a day.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1 ½” to 2” Medium 2" to 3 1/4" Large 3 ¼” to 4.5”

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