Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
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Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish
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Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 9"
Origin Africa, Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives, New Caledonia
Family Chaetodontidae
Minimum Tank Size 125 gallons
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Overview

The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish, or Forceps Fish, can be found singly or in schools on reef flats and slopes of the Indo-Pacific region. It has a long snout that resembles a pair of needle nose pliers, for picking food out of crevices and between coral heads. The Longnose Butterflyfish has a yellow body. The color of its head is divided horizontally. The upper half of the head, at the very top of the mouth through the top of the head is black. The lower half is white. The dorsal spines are long and jagged. It is a fairly large Butterflyfish in the wild, but remains a medium-sized fish in the home aquarium.

This is a good first butterfly purchase, though not necessarily for a beginning hobbyist. If acclimated properly, Longnose Butterflyfish are a hardy addition to any fish-only system. It does best if kept in a 125 gallon or larger tank with peaceful tankmates. Use caution if housing this species in a reef aquarium, it may nip at corals and sessile invertebrates.

It should be fed a varied diet of meaty foods mysis shrimp, crustacean meat, and frozen preparations.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2-1/2" to 3-1/4"; Medium:3-1/4" to 4-1/2"; Large: 4-1/2" to 5-1/2"; XLarge: 5-1/2" to 6-1/2"

Customer Testimonials

Jose Valdes Miami , FL
The yellow longnosed butterfly fish is very peaceful and easy to take care of. I highly recommend it.
Austin Grebe Mountain Lakes , NJ
My Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is very peaceful. It gets along with all my fish even my semi-aggressive fish. I highly recommend this fish.
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