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Banded Butterflyfish - Chaetodon striatus

Banded Butterflyfish - Chaetodon striatus

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The banded butterflyfish is a butterflyfish found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Brazil to Bermuda. The name is derived from the dark vertical bands on the fish's body. This, combined with a vertical, black bar through the eye, is an adaptation that can confuse predators.

Category Fish
Care Level Easy
Diet Carnivore
Size 8 Inches
Origin Florida
Minimum Tank Size 120 Gallons
Water Condition 72-78 F, 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 Banded Butterflyfish is a carnivore, feeding on reef inhabitants such as tube worms, anemones, corals, and occasionally crustaceans. It is not recommended in a reef aquarium, as they will eat most invertebrates. The coarseness of its teeth allows it to scrape at invertebrates that make up its diet. Supplement their diet with a variety of meaty preparations and vitamin enriched or color enhancing food. They may also clean parasites from other fish.