Saddleback Butterfly (Chaetodon ephippium)
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The Saddleback Butterfly is fairly hardy and adapts well to life in an aquarium if acclimated properly. Unlike other butterflies, the Saddlebacks cannot be added to an aquarium in a group. They prefer to be housed singly or in a mated pair. They won't do well with fish that are overly aggressive, but they will also nip and pick at fish that are very timid. Initially, these butterflies can be shy; making sure there are plenty of hiding places will help them acclimate. Like most butterflies, we don't recommend placing the Saddlebacks in reef aquariums, because they are very likely to consume a variety of coral polyps. This butterfly will grow to be about 9" in size and will need ample swimming space. Adults of this butterfly will need about 120 gallons; however, juveniles can get away with smaller aquariums. The Saddleback can be identified by the large black marking on their posterior dorsal fin, which resembles a "saddle." The dorsal fins are jagged and can get caught in nets.
- - Add to an aquarium with ample rockwork and swimming room
- - For continued health, provide a varied diet of meaty foods and vegetable-based foods
- - Should be fed multiple times a day
- - Not reef safe
- - Intermediate hobbyist
- - House singly or mated pair
- - Approximate selling size: 2.25-3.5"
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ACCLIMATION: Avoid exposing new aquatic life to bright lights after opening the box. Turn off aquarium lights prior to floating aquatic life. Allow the sealed bag with your new fish to float in your aquarium for at least 15 minutes (but no longer than one hour) to ensure the water in the bag matches the temperature in your aquarium. A bacteria booster addition can assist with the addition of new aquatic life. Petco offers free water testing in store to determine if your water is safe for the addition of new aquatic life. DIET: A well-balanced diet consists of a variety of flakes, pellets, freeze-dried and frozen foods, depending on the species. FEEDING: Feed sparingly and no more than fish can eat in 1-2 minutes. Overfeeding can quickly foul the water, especially in smaller aquariums.
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