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The Black Back Butterflyfish, scientifically known as Chaetodon melannotus, is a vibrant, eye-catching member of the Chaetodontidae family. Its striking white body is beautifully adorned with a series of diagonal black stripes on its sides, with yellow fins and a yellow face featuring a distinct black eye band. This species is a favorite amongst divers and aquarium owners alike for its captivating beauty and graceful swimming pattern. Its hardiness and peaceful nature further adds to its desirability, making it a great addition to both reef and fish-only aquariums. Additionally, the Black Back Butterflyfish is an active swimmer, and should be kept in a tank with plenty of swimming space.
The Black Back Butterflyfish is a stunning species that should be the only Butterflyfish in an appropriately sized aquarium. A 120 gallon tank or larger with numerous hiding places is the ideal size for this species. It is important to note that this species is not considered reef safe and should be kept away from any coral or anemones. Furthermore, if the Black Back Butterflyfish is to be kept with a mate, the tank size must also be increased accordingly. With the right tank size and parameters, this species will thrive and add a dazzling touch to any aquarium.
The Black Back Butterflyfish is a tropical fish that is known to eat a variety of meaty preparations that should incorporate a vitamin or color enhancing food to keep its colors crisp. It eats soft corals in the wild. This fish is a great companion for those who want an interesting and colorful fish in their aquarium, and is also a good source of dietary protein.