Foureye Butterfly (Chaetodon capistratus)
Max Size: 6 inches
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
The Four-Eyed Butterflyfish, also known as Foureye Butterflyfish, is an exquisite and delicate member of the Chaetodontidae family. What sets it apart are the two false eyespots positioned at the base of its caudal fin. These eyespots not only add to its beauty but also serve as a clever defense mechanism, misdirecting potential predators. Its creamy-white body is adorned with iridescent stripes that radiate from the center, while a vibrant yellow outline accentuates the outer edge.
This butterflyfish is known for its peaceful temperament and should be housed with other non-aggressive tankmates. While it is possible to keep a male-female pair together, it is important to note that members of the same sex may engage in territorial conflicts. As it has a penchant for consuming stony corals and gorgonian polyps, the Four-Eyed Butterfly is not suitable for a reef aquarium.
Feeding the Four-Eyed Butterflyfish can be a challenge, especially initially. To entice eating, offer live vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, clam, and mashed squid or shrimp. Once it starts eating regularly, you can introduce mysis shrimp and frozen carnivore preparations to its diet. To ensure its well-being, it should be fed at least three times a day.
As with any fish, close attention should be given to its behavior and health. Regularly monitoring its eating habits and overall condition will help ensure the best care for the Four-Eyed Butterflyfish in your aquarium.