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Old 05-06-2007, 05:52 AM   #1
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Blue spotted butterfly - any good in captivity?

Hi all,

I've seen these at the LFS and they look neat. I want a yellow fish for my tank. Are the blue spotted butterflies any good for aquariums? I've heard they don't adapt well and are difficult to feed.

It'd be a shame because they're so nice to look at.

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Old 05-06-2007, 10:57 AM   #2
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According to Scott Michael's "Marine Fishes", Chaetodon plebius has an aqurium stability index of 1. That is about as difficult as it gets. This is a difficult fish to feed n captivity. In the wild it feeds mostly of Acropora sp. SPS corals. Sounds like one best left to the ocean. Great looking fish though.

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Old 05-06-2007, 06:20 PM   #3
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I agree that they are in the difficult range. They will ravage your corals as Brian stated also. I know I would not attempt it in my tank.


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