Raccoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula)
Scientific Name: Chaetodon lunula
About the Raccoon Butterflyfish
Species Type: Saltwater Fish
Care Level: Moderate. Healthy specimens are frequently available for purchase, but stress in shipping does sometimes occur. Will accept dried foods after settling in, but frozen foods or algae grazing sheets may be required initially. After proper quarantine and acclimation to the display, this fish is generally resistant to disease. An overall good choice for the new saltwater hobbyist.
Origin: Fiji, Hawaii, Indo Pacific
The Raccoon Butterflyfish is yellow-orange, but darker on the upper half of the body. It has a black patch around its eyes, with a broad white stripe posterior to it. Two black stripes bordered in yellow reach from the white stripe to the dorsal fin. This fish is a peaceful fish that may reside in a 70 gallon or larger fish-only aquarium with other butterflyfish. It should not be kept in a reef tank since it will eat invertebrates and is deemed unsafe with corals.
Tank conditions: sg 1.020- 1.025
Raccoon Butterflyfish Diet
Once acclimated, it can be fed a varied diet of meaty foods, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and frozen preparations several times daily.
This species can grow upwards of 8" in the home aquarium
Minimum Tank Suggestion
Ideal water parameters for Raccoon Butterflyfish
Marine fish are highly sensitive animals with very specific care requirements. Most all saltwater species will require similar water conditions, designed to replicate that of natural seawater. Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero, temperature at 76F to 80F, and salinity at 1.024 to 1.026. Although some fish are tolerant of lower levels of Nitrate, the goal in every aquariums should be to keep Nitrate as close to zero as possible, and certainly under 20ppm. Finally, maintaining a stable pH of 8.0 to 8.4 is desired. Achieving this is made easier by monitoring alkalinity, which should be kept at 8-12 DKH, and calcium, which is targeted at 400 to 460ppm.
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