True Falcula Butterfly (Chaetodon falcula)
Max Size: 8 inches
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons
The Falcula Butterflyfish, commonly known as the Sickle Butterflyfish, exhibits a captivating color pattern, primarily white with a transition to yellow on its dorsal region. Distinctive narrow black stripes adorn its sides, accompanied by two patches of black on the dorsal side, as well as a black eye band, adding to its striking appearance.
To ensure the well-being of the Falcula Butterflyfish, a fish-only aquarium of at least 125 gallons or larger is recommended, and it can coexist peacefully with other butterflyfish species. However, it's important to note that this species is not suitable for a reef aquarium. Its diet includes anemones, hard corals, and mushroom anemones, which can cause significant issues in a reef environment.
For proper nutrition, the Falcula Butterflyfish should be provided with a variety of meaty foods, such as crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and frozen preparations. As an occasional treat, offering anemones can be beneficial. Maintaining a well-rounded diet will contribute to its overall health and vitality.
In summary, the Falcula Butterflyfish is a captivating addition to a suitable fish-only aquarium, but it requires careful consideration of its dietary needs and tank compatibility to ensure a thriving and harmonious aquatic setting.