Fish Guide

Pelewensis Butterflyfish   (Chaetodon pelewensis)
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean
Depth: 20 to 98 ft.   Size: 5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: No   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Polyps of hard and soft corals, algae, bristleworms, peanut worms
Natural History: The adult Pelewensis Butterflyfish is found on reef faces and slopes while juveniles are found in shallower reef flats. Adult Pelewensis Butterflyfish are the most common butterflyfish found at moderate depths on many reefs. Adults are generally observed in pairs while juveniles are solitary. They have very small mouths and feed on very small morsels of food.
Husbandry: Pelewensis Butterflyfish are not suitable for a reef aquarium. They can be kept in a stinging anemone and mushroom coral system. Their foods must be finely chopped. Most individuals are reported to acclimate well to captive systems and accept many types of finely chopped foods. They are reported to be peaceful enough to keep with other species of butterflyfishes. If more than one Pelewensis Butterflyfish is to be kept in a single system then all individuals should be added simultaneously.

AKA: Dot-and-Dash Butterflyfish

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