Auriga Butterfly (Chaetodon auriga)

Size: Medium (2-1/2" to 3-1/2")

Max Size: 8 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons

The Auriga Butterflyfish, also known as the Threadfin Butterflyfish, stands out as a beloved and readily accessible member of the butterflyfish family. It boasts remarkable resilience as a species, typically inhabiting inner and outer reef slopes in its natural habitat. Interestingly, the Threadfin Butterfly's appearance in terms of coloration and markings can exhibit variations based on its geographic origin. Notably, specimens from the Red Sea tend to lack the dorsal fin's eyespot, a fascinating adaptation designed to confound potential predators.

This particular butterflyfish species is characterized by its somewhat timid disposition, necessitating the provision of numerous hiding spots within its enclosure. It's worth noting that the Auriga Butterflyfish is not compatible with reef environments. Therefore, it is best suited for a tank containing live rock exclusively, though it may engage in nibbling at the rock formations.

In terms of dietary preferences, the Auriga Butterflyfish primarily thrives on a diet composed of meaty offerings, including fish, crustaceans, mysis shrimp, and frozen marine preparations.

Size: Medium (2-1/2" to 3-1/2")