Longsnout Atlantic Butterfly (Prognathodes aculeatus)


Max Size: 4 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: With Caution. May eat soft polyps
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

The Longnose Atlantic Butterfly, known by various names such as Poey's Butterflyfish, Caribbean Longsnout Butterflyfish, and Rosy Butterflyfish, is a robust and captivating deep reef dweller, making it an excellent choice for showcase aquariums. Its most distinguishing feature is its pointed snout, adding to its charm. The body of the Longnose Atlantic Butterflyfish showcases a beautiful amber color in the center, transitioning to a darker brown hue along the back and fins, and a creamy-yellow shade along the stomach area.

This butterflyfish typically displays peaceful behavior towards its tankmates, making it a suitable addition to aquariums. To ensure its well-being, a minimum tank size of 50 gallons is recommended. The Longnose Atlantic Butterflyfish thrives best when kept in a deep reef tank, but it's important to avoid housing it with other species of butterflyfish to prevent potential conflicts.

As one of the hardiest members of its family, the Longnose Atlantic Butterfly readily accepts a variety of carnivorous foods. Providing meaty foods at least three times a day is essential for its health and vitality. A well-rounded diet may include marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and high-quality frozen fish food.

With its captivating appearance and peaceful nature, the Longnose Atlantic Butterflyfish can be a delightful addition to a showcase aquarium, provided it receives proper care and a suitable environment to thrive. Regular feeding and attentive monitoring will ensure this butterflyfish flourishes in its aquatic home.