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Blackback Butterfly
Blackback Butterfly


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Blackback Butterfly

Blackback Butterfly

Also known as Swartrug-vlindervis (South Africa -Afrikaans), Bagang (Malaysia), Dhon bibi (Maldives), or Akebono-chôchô-uo (Japan).

As with any Butterflyfish, this species may refuse to eat if picked on or bullied. Therefore, this beautiful and hardy species does best with peaceful tank mates. Use caution in reef tanks as this fish will eat invertebrates. The Blackback Butterfly is great for keeping the Glass, or Aiptasia Anemone from live rock.

Blackback Butterfly

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Temperament: Community

Reef Safe: No

Family: Chaetodontidae

Native To: Indo-Pacific, Red-Sea and East Africa, Micronesia,and Southern Japan

Diet: Omnivore

Adult Size: Up to 7"

Water Parameters: sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12

Care Level: Moderate

Tank Size: 70+ gallons

Scientific Name: Chaetodon melannotus

Environment: Marine

  • Shy and peaceful
  • Controls pesty aiptasia anemones, but will also pick on ornamental invertebrates making this not reef safe
  • Does best as the only Butterflyfish

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2"-3" Length
SKU: 1306910

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