Eight Banded Butterfly
The Eight Banded Butterfly, Chaetodon octofasciatus, also known as Coralfishes, Eightband Butterflyfish, Eight-banded Coralfish, Eight-striped Butterflyfish. It features seven bands on each side and one more band along the nape, and with its yellow or creamy colored body and black bands over it, the Eight Banded Butterflyfish makes a gorgeous addition to any tank. The Eight Banded Butterflyfish prefers to live in pairs and grows up to 5 inches, and requires a large aquarium of 75 gallons or more. The tank should be cleverly decorated with pleanty of live rock, creating spaces for the Buterflyfish to retreat to if they feel threatened. The juvenile Eight Banded Butterflyfish is often seen in groups among branching corals such as Acropora corals. The Eight Banded Butterfly can be difficult to keep, as It is difficult to feed and will often starve to death when in captivity, an is not a good choice for a beginner aquarist. The Eight Banded Butterflyfish may nip over the corals as food, and is considered unsafe to keep in reef tank. They are considered a corallivore, and will thrive mainly on a diet of coral polyps, tentacles of feather dusters and Christmas-tree worms. It is one of many members of the butterflyfish family with a specialized diet demanding a constant supply of live coral polyps. As these food sources all zap back into their shells, butterflyfish need to be able to hover motionless while picking at the coral and to dart swiftly over short distances to get the worm before it retracts. Supplement their diet with a variety of meaty preparations and vitamin enriched or color enhancing food. They may also clean parasites from other fish.