Lemon Butterfly Fish - Chaetodon miliaris: The Lemon Butterflyfish, also known as the Milletseed Butterflyfish or Millet Butterflyfish, is mainly yellow with many dark spots on its sides forming vertical stripes. It has a black bar through the eyes and its fins are yellow. Lemon butterfly fish is a common inshore species found throughout the Hawaiian islands. This is one of the easiest to keep among butterflies. Like all butterflies, it should be kept with peaceful tankmates and provide it a varied diet. Also like any butterfly, if it is picked on initially or feels a threat from tankmates, it may refuse to feed. They're pale yellow with a pattern of vertical dotted lines on the body. Their yellow color can vary greatly depending on their environment. It tends to accept most aquarium foods, as long as it is not bothered by belligerent tankmates. More than one can be kept per tank. Add them simultaneously. Provide it with a varied diet and plenty of swimming room. Grows to about 6".
Mainly a feeder on zooplankton, cleaner as a juvenile. Hawaiian endemic species.
Not reef safe as it is know to pick at coral polyps, fanworms and feather dusters.
Maximum Size: Lemon 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 Lemon Butterfly prefers a tank of at least 75 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: Yellow Butterfly Fish are usually found at Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll.
Feeding and Diet: Yellow Butterfly Fish is an omnivore that feeds on small invertebrates, crustaceans, and algae. A hardy species that adapts rather quickly to aquarium life, this fish will usually start eating tank fed foods within a couple of days. Should be fed a mixed diet of marine herbivore and carnivore fares, but particularly types that have color-enhancing and vitamin-enriched ingredients in them to help prevent the lose of this fish's bright yellow color, which tends to fade in captivity.
Breeding: The Yellow Butterfly Fish is an egg-scatterer.