Pinnatus Batfish are darkish brown with bright orange pin striping outlining its entire body. They have a narrow vertical band behind the eye and a wider band behind the pectoral fin, both of which become periodically translucent. It is said that in the wild they can reach a length of three feet. This species is secretive in the wild, found hiding in wrecks and other dark spots, and should be left there. Requires experienced hobbyist. Definitely one of the most beautiful species when young, the Pinnatus Batfish also turns to a much duller coloration as an adult. This species is very difficult to acclimate to a captive diet, and usually does not do well in captivity at all. If one purchases this species it is also recommended to be kept in a peaceful community aquarium.
Pinnatus Batfish are Very, very sensitive fish - acclimate very slowly, and keep pristine water quality. They are very picky at feeding time and may take some weaning onto feeding in captivity. Growth is rapid, and unfortunately some of the beautiful coloration is lost as the fish ages. Torn fins tend not to grow back completely, leaving ragged edges - another reason to keep them in a species tank. Adults are found singly or in small groups and occasionally in large schools in some areas. Lives in shallow protected coastal waters to deep, somewhat silty habitats. Often with deep shipwrecks . Juveniles occur singly or in small groups among mangroves and inner sheltered lagoons while adults move out to open waters over sandy areas of deep lagoons, channels, and seaward reefs to a depth of at least 30 m.
Maximum Size: The Pinnatus Batfish Grows Up to 18 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 Suggested: The Pinnatus Batfish prefers a tank of at least 80 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: Western Pacific Ocean: Ryukyu Islands to Australia, Red Sea, and Indian Ocean.
Natural Environment: Inhabit coastal lagoons with juveniles found in mangrove/brackish waters
Feeding and Diet: Pinnatus Batfish relish chopped shrimp and crab meat. Squid, frozen blood worms, live brine shrimp, and frozen brine shrimp are also accepted.