Butterflyfish - Butterfly Fish
Butterflies are vibrant colored tropical marine fish that often resemble angelfish, but smaller. They were most likely named after butterflies because they resemble the same coloring on their scales that butterflies do on their wings. butterflyfish are natural coral dwellers, so make sure you give them a place to call their home and hide inside your aquarium.
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Characteristics:Butterflyfish can be aggressive towards other Butterflies, especially ones of the same specie and sex, as well as other species that are similar in appearance. Care should be taken if introducing a new Butterflyfish into a tank where one has already been residing. The established Butterfly might pick on the new one, because they can be very territorial. It is best to introduce them into the aquarium at the same time to help reduce conflicts. Disputes settle down once the fish have worked out tank arrangements for living. Giving this fish plenty of room and hiding places also helps to lower potential conflicts.Diet & Feeding:They are nibblers picking at small crustaceans, invertebrates, other marine fish, and some marine plant life on the reef. Many are coral eaters/pickers, so caution should be used in a reef tank. Most Butterflies in an aquarium will eat a varied diet of meaty foods, frozen preparations for carnivores, spirulina and other vegetable matter. They are constant nibblers, it is best to feed them at least three times a day, but using caution not to overfeed.