The Pearl Scale Butterfly Fish is a hardy and attractive addition to any community fish aquarium.
The Pearl Scale Butterfly gets its name from the distinctive pearly iridescence of its scales. The majority of the Pearl Scale Butterfly's body is a silvery color and the tail area can be red, orange, or even black. The color the tail area gives an indication of the origin of the fish. For instance an orange tail indicates Indo Pacific and a red tail indicates Indian Ocean or Red Sea.
The Pearl Scale Butterfly will feed on most foods offered to it including flake food, but it especially prefers mussels and clams. This butterfly is a medium-size butterfly and is easy care for in captivity. It is a recommended addition to a community aquarium. The Pearl Scale Butterfly is not considered to be reef safe since it may feed on some corals. As is true of most butterflies the Pearl Scale Butterfly is not aggressive and will not bother other inhabitants of the aquarium.
The Pearlscale Butterfly is one of the few Butterflies that does extremely well in the home aquarium. The family of Butterflyfish get their name from their behavior of fluttering around the reef. These fish typically have rather round and thin bodies. They are very colorful and some have extended snouts which they use to reach worms entrenched in the reef.
Maximum Size: Pearscale Butterfly Fish /the Chaetodon xanthurus 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 Pearscale Butterfly prefers a tank of at least 60 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Habitat: Found At Indo Pacific; Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden
Feeding and Diet: Carnivore; In the wild, a feeder upon coral polyps, small crustaceans, filamentous algae and other similar items. Because it is, like most other Butterfly Fishes, a coral polyp eater, this fish is NOT REEF SAFE in an aquarium in which live corals are being cultivated! Can be migrated to more practical foods such as Mysis Shrimp, Cyclop-eeze, live Brine Shrimp and, if these are being cultivated in a refugium, small Amphipods. Filamentous algae should be present in the aquarium for grazing.
Breeding: The Pearscale Butterfly Fish is an egg-scatterer.