Tinkeri Butterflyfish (Chaetodon tinkeri)
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Depth: 90 to 604 ft. Size: 6 in. Jumps: No Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Plankton, benthic invertebrates (tube worms, coral polyps)
Natural History: The Tinkeri Butterflyfish is found on deep steep slopes of reefs. It is commonly observed singly, in pairs, or in small groups. It is a deep-water twilight species of butterflyfish, rarely seen, because it is found below 150 feet. This butterflyfish species is observed to feed almost exclusively on benthic invertebrates. The Tinkeri Butterflyfish was once thought to be endemic to Hawaii but is now known to the Marshall and Johnston Islands.
Husbandry: The Tinkeri Butterflyfish is a deep water species that will likely acclimate better in a reduced-light aquarium. It is a bold fish and a strong swimmer but should be provided live rock with hiding places for this fish to acclimate. It picks at mushroom corals, stony coral polyps, and anemone tentacles so it is not safe in a reef aquarium. Tinkeri Butterflyfish will likely be aggressive with its own or related butterflyfishes, but will usually cohabitate with other species well. This species is rare in the aquarium trade because it is normally found below the typical sport-diving depth.
AKA: Hawaiian Butterflyfish, Tinker's Butterflyfish
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