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Saddled Butterflyfish Feeding on a Reef

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Published on Aug 30, 2010

The Saddled Butterflyfish is one of the more colorful, elegant and sought-after butterflyfish in the aquarium hobby!
The Saddled Butterflyfish or Blue Mask Butterflyfish is a very popular and widely known butterflyfish. Successfully acclimating this fish however, can be quite variable between specimens. Smaller ones often will not feed and larger ones need a lot of space to become comfortable. The best success is with the medium sized fish. Once it is successfully acclimated it will become quite hardy. The Saddled Butterflyfish is one of the easier butterflyfish to keep, though some technical care is needed to maintain it. This fish will even go up to the surface to take foods from its keepers once it is comfortable and familiar with the environment and the routine. It can be a long lived pet. The record life span in captivity for this fish is over 25 years in the Nancy Aquarium in France. Many reef-keepers hope to keep the Saddled Butterflyfish in a mini reef, but as it will be a coral eater it is best kept in a fish only community tank.

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