Raccoon Butterfly (Chaetodon lunula)
Max Size: 8 inches
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons
The Raccoon Butterflyfish exhibits a captivating yellow-orange coloration, with the upper half of its body showcasing a darker shade. A distinguishing feature is the black patch encircling its eyes, complemented by a broad white stripe just behind it. From the white stripe, two black stripes bordered in yellow extend to the dorsal fin, adding to its unique appearance.
Known for its peaceful demeanor, the Raccoon Butterflyfish can thrive in a fish-only aquarium of at least 125 gallons. It can coexist with other butterflyfish as tank mates. However, it's essential to avoid keeping this species in a reef tank due to its tendency to consume invertebrates, making it incompatible with corals.
Upon acquisition, if the Raccoon Butterflyfish initially refuses to eat, tempting it with a small anemone might encourage its appetite. Once acclimated to its new environment, a varied diet should be provided, including meaty foods, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and frozen preparations. Regular feedings several times a day will contribute to its overall health and well-being.
In summary, the Raccoon Butterflyfish is a stunning addition to a fish-only aquarium, but special consideration must be given to its diet and tank compatibility to ensure a thriving and contented fish in a home aquarium setting.