Shy Diamond Butterfly (Hemitaurichthys polylepis)

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Max Size: 7 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: With Caution. May eat soft polyps
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons

The Shy Diamond Butterflyfish, also known as the Yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish, is commonly found in abundant numbers among the Indian Ocean reefs. Its distinct yellow fins contrast with a predominantly white body, forming a triangular pattern that gives rise to its common name. To further aid in camouflage, the head area is black. In the wild, this butterflyfish sustains itself by feeding on plankton and is considered safe for reef aquariums.

Initially, the Shy Diamond Butterflyfish may exhibit shy behavior, making it essential to provide multiple hiding places in the aquarium. For its well-being, an ideal tank should have a minimum capacity of 125 gallons and offer plenty of live rock, serving as hiding spots and a supplemental food source. They can be kept singly, in pairs, or in small groups. It's worth noting that if underfed, the Shy Diamond Butterflyfish may occasionally nibble at Xenia or other soft corals, so regular feeding is crucial.

For a balanced diet, the Shy Diamond Butterflyfish should be offered frozen and freeze-dried foods that contain algae, as these serve as excellent substitutes for their natural diet. The diet can be supplemented with dried algae, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp. To maintain their health and vitality, it is recommended to feed them several times daily.