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Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.
Named for the black mask-like marking over itís eyes, the Raccoon Butterflyfish is a hardy Butterflyfish that is well known for eating almost any type of anemone. This is especially useful if you have problems with Aiptaisia or Majano anemones. Like the mammal to which it is named after, the Raccoon Butterflyfish is predominately a nocturnal feeder but will increase with activity during the daytime photoperiod as it grows accustomed to the bright lighting in the aquarium. If you intend on keeping more than one Raccoon Butterflyfish in your aquarium it is best to purchase two of the same size and introduce them to the aquarium at the same time. They may chase each other but it is rare that any damage is done.
If your Raccoon Butterflyfish is reluctant to feed, place a smaller anemone in the tank as it is difficult for them to resist eating them. Feed a varied diet of small meaty foods, as well as other commercially frozen preparations.
Raccoon Butterflyfish , Small: over 1-1.5", Indo Pacific
Raccoon Butterflyfish , Medium: over 1.5-3.5", Indo Pacific
Raccoon Butterflyfish , Large: over 3.5-5.5", Indo Pacific
Raccoon Butterflyfish , X-Large: over 5.5-6.5", Indo Pacific
Due to availability and individuality of each species, colors and sizes may vary.
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