Beautiful Double Saddled Butterfly Fish are often praised as being hardier than many species of Butterfly Fish. These unique fish can make interesting and lovely additions to many marine aquariums.
In the wild, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish are found either singly or in pairs. Occasionally, they will be seen in small groups. They are not common in the pet trade. In captivity, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish often do well in pairs or alone. They should only be placed into aquariums that have been established for some months. Double Saddled Butterfly Fish, like many Butterflies, eat small organisms that they find in the aquarium. They will also eat other items such as mussels or clams, mysis shrimp, and even flake food. Because they may be easily stressed in transport, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish should be moved carefully. Most of these fish are good feeders, though they may not eat well for a short time while they settle into an aquarium. If aggressive fish chase them from food, Double Saddled Butterfly Fish may stop eating, so it is important to keep them with peaceful tank mates. They do seem to do well in community aquariums, and generally do not have problems with other fish.
The beautiful Double Saddled Butterfly Fish has a silver base color marked with black. The dorsal area of the fish is dominated by two dark saddle patches, which give the fish its name. A dark vertical line runs through the eye, separating the face from the body. The rear section of the fish, behind the second saddle, is often yellow, as are the anal and caudal fins. The dorsal fin is also yellow. Often, thin or lightly visible vertical stripes can be seen over the sides of the Double Saddled Butterfly Fish.
The Double Saddled Butterfly Fish occurs in the Indo Pacific region and the Indian Ocean. It is generally considered to be one of the more hardy species of Butterfly Fish, and is more commonly kept successfully in captivity than many other more delicate types.
Special Care: A single Double Saddled Butterfly Fish normally do well in a 75 gallon aquarium. Live rock is often featured in their aquariums as part of their diets as well as providing hiding areas. Double Saddled Butterfly Fish often do well with a mate. They usually do tolerate other fish in their aquariums very well. However, they may be bullied by aggressive fish. The Double Saddled Butterfly Fish should have a diet rich in meaty protein items. They are often started on live brine shrimp but should be switched as soon as possible since brine shrimp is nutritionally poor. Their usual diets include mysis shrimp, clams, krill, bloodworms, commercially prepared foods, and plankton. Because Double Saddled Butterfly Fish may be sensitive to water quality and diseases, it is important to keep their water in optimal condition.
Maximum Size: Double Saddled Butterfly grows up to 6 inches.
General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 3 to 4 inches; the large generally 5 to 6 inches not including the caudal fin.
Minimum Tank Size: The Double Saddled Butterfly prefers a tank of at least 60 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Water Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Habitat: Spot-banded butterflyfish are found in great numbers on the Great Barrier Reef. It likes depths from 1 to 30 meters.
Feeding and Diet: The diet for the Double Saddle Butterflyfish should consist of different meaty items and some vegetables.
Breeding: The Double Saddled Butterfly Fish is an egg-scatterer.