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Butterflyfish Four Eyes-Chaetodon capistratus

Butterflyfish Four Eyes-Chaetodon capistratus

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Foureye butterflyfish are deep-bodied and laterally compressed, with a single dorsal fin and a small mouth with tiny, bristle like teeth. . The species gets its common name from a large dark spot on the rear portion of each side of the body. This spot is surrounded by a brilliant white ring, resembling an eye. A black vertical bar on the head runs through the true eye, making it hard to see.

Category Fish
Care Level Expert
Diet Carnivore
Size 6 Inches
Origin Florida
Minimum Tank Size 120 Gallons
Water Condition 72-78F, dkh 8-12, PH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Water Flow Medium
Light Medium
Reef Compatible No
Compatibility See Chart


The Four-Eyed Butterfly is a peaceful fish and should be housed with other peaceful tankmates. It is possible to keep a male-female pair, but members of the same sex may fight. It is not suitable for the reef aquarium, as it enjoys eating stony corals and gorgonian polyps

The Four-Eyed Butterfly is a carnivore that can be difficult to feed, especially in the beginning. To entice eating, offer live vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, clam, and mashed squid or shrimp. Once eating regularly, offer mysis shrimp and frozen carnivore preparations. The Four-Eyed Butterfly should be fed at least three times a day.