Species group: Butterflyfish
Other common names: Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra
Scientific name: Chaetodon lineolatus
The Lined Butterfly is a strikingly beautiful fish and is the largest species of Butterflyfish. It is grayish white with 16 or more narrow, vertical, black lines on its body. A vertical black band crosses from the top of the head over its eye. It has a wider black border on the body just below the dorsal fin. The Lined Butterflyfish has delicate yellow fins. They are suitable for experienced aquarists.
The Lined Butterflyfish is an extremely shy fish and is difficult to keep in a tank.
The Lined Butterflyfish feeds on coral polyps and anemones, which makes it unsuitable for a reef tank. It adapts to tank life well if introduced into the tank as a juvenile; adults do not take to tank life easily. Often adults refuse to eat any type of food offered to them. Increase in ammonia levels may burn their fins; therefore, water needs to be changed regularly.
big reef tank
challenge, hard fish, test, new environment, troubles, gallon tank
herbivore preparations, fresh clams