Pyramid butterflyfish (Hemitaurichthyes polylepis)
Family: Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean
Size: 7 in. Jumps: No Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: invertebrates - copepods
Natural History: The Pyramid Butterflyfish is found on reef slopes and dropoffs where water current is strong. It forms feeding shoals that feed on zooplankton but this species has also been observed feeding on benthic invertebrates. This species returns to a refuge at night to rest. Their colors become darker but a white spot is still visible on their sides.
Husbandry: The Pyramid Butterflyfish is reported to be durable in accepting a wide variety of aquarium foods. It prefers a large swimming space. One, two, or three Pyramid Butterflyfishes can be housed together. It can also be housed with other moderately aggressive species. This species will occasionally nip at coral polyps. They can live long lived in the home aquarium, with the longest lifespan recorded at 15 years.
AKA: Shy Butterflyfish
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