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The reef butterflyfish is a popular aquarium fish that is native to the Indo-Pacific region. It is a member of the family Chaetodontidae, which includes over 120 species of butterflyfish. Butterflyfish are small, colorful fish that are found in both marine and freshwater habitats. They are typically bottom-dwelling fish and are often found in rocky or sandy areas.
The reef butterflyfish is a small fish, typically reaching only about 4 inches in length. It has a long, slender body and a large head. The body is yellow or orange in color, with a black bar running through the eye and another along the rear edge of the body and dorsal and anal fins. The remainder of the dorsal and anal fins, and the caudal fin is yellow. The juveniles have a less distinct rear black bar and it may just be two spots.
The reef butterflyfish is a territorial fish and is often found alone or in pairs. It is a carnivore and feeds on algae, small invertebrates, and crustaceans.
The reef butterflyfish is a popular aquarium fish. It is relatively easy to care for and is known for its ability to control algae growth in aquariums. However, it is important to note that the reef butterflyfish can be aggressive towards other fish, so it is best to keep it in an aquarium with other small, peaceful fish.
The reef butterflyfish is a hardy fish and can live for up to 5 years in captivity. It is important to provide the reef butterflyfish with a well-maintained aquarium with plenty of hiding places. The water should be kept clean and the temperature should be between 72 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.