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Golden Butterfly - Chaetodon semilarvatus

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The Golden Butterflyfish (Chaetodon semilarvatus) is also known as the Semilarvatus Butterfly or Bluecheek Butterfly. It has a deep golden-yellow body color with thin, vertical stripes and a blue patch around each eye. They are found only in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Butterflyfish consist of a large number of fish found in the aquarium trade from the Chaetodon, Chelmon, Forcipiger, and Heniochus genuses, among others from the family Chaetodontidae. The family ranges in length from 3 inches up to close to 12 inches in length. Butterflies are usually roughly oval in body shape but longer fins make some appear elliptical or diamond-shaped. They resemble and are sometimes confused with angelfish (family Pomacentridae) but angelfish have a cheekspine that is not found in butterflies.

Butterflies are generally community fish in nature. Though some more pugnatious species may terrorize smaller or more docile fish, most can be kept with a wide range of community tankmates. Most butterfly species are not "reef safe" and will eat corals and polyps. In fact, some more delicate butterflies require corals as part of their natural diet. Butterflies may also harm smaller crustaceans (crabs and shrimp) and may pick at inverts like clams, feather dusters, anemones and similar tankmates. Use caution when introducing a butterfly into a tank with inverts; though some are considered "reef safe" by some aquarists, any butterfly may pose a risk to corals and inverts.

The diet of butterflies can vary, as mentioned, based on what they normally eat in the wild. Some very picky species only pick at coral flesh and can be difficult to wean onto an aquarium-based diet. A very varied diet of algae and meaty items like brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, scallops, clam, corals, sponges and other items is best. Vitamin supplements can also help get the butterflies all the nutrition they require. While some butterflies are very hardy and suitable for aquarists of all levels, more sensitive species should be attempted by experienced aquarists only.

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Specifications
MPN
0328-bfly
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameGolden Butterfly
Scientific NameChaetodon semilarvatus
DifficultyModerate
Reef SafeNo
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)9
Min Tank Size (in gallons)100
OriginRed Sea, Gulf of Aden
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
DietOmnivore
Temperature Range75-82
RestrictedYes
Internal Id
32283

State Restrictions
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California
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