Red Sea Eritrean Butterflyfish

Latin name: (Chaetodon paucifasciatus)

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Black, Red, White



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The Red Sea Eritrean Butterflyfish is a remarkably hardy species that is well adapted to peaceful aquarium environments. Its body is white with many black vertical stripes, and a large red band covering the rear of the fish, making it an attractive addition to any aquarium. It is an excellent choice for novice aquarists and can be kept in small groups with other non-aggressive species. Furthermore, this species is easy to feed, as it readily accepts a variety of frozen and prepared foods. With proper care and maintenance, this species can live for several years in an aquarium.

The Red Sea Eritrean Butterflyfish is an attractive species that requires a larger aquarium of 70 gallons or more. To provide them with the best environment, a large amount of live rock should be included for hiding and grazing. Care should be taken when selecting tank mates as they can be aggressive towards other fish of a similar size and shape, and even those of their own species. This species of Butterflyfish is not recommended for reef aquariums, as they are not considered reef safe. Furthermore, it is advisable to keep the aquarium peaceful with non-aggressive tank mates to ensure the wellbeing of the fish.

The diet for the Red Sea Eritrean Butterflyfish should be supplemented with dried seaweed, Spirulina based foods, and vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, as well as finely chopped meaty foods.

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