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    Japanese Aquarist Has Success with Obligate Corallivore Butterflyfish

    Obligate coral feeding butterflyfish, like Chaetodon larvatus or C. ornatissimus, are a pipe dream for most. Their beautiful patterns and colors scream for attention, but sadly their dietary needs are rarely met. Because of their stony coral diet, the mortality rate of these obligate corallivores in captivity is near 100%. That is why you should […]

    Juvenile Chaetodon Meyeri Hybrid

    Some of my favorite fish are nearly impossible to keep. Specifically I’m talking about  Meyer’s Butterflyfish (Chaetodon meyeri), the Ornate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ornatissimus) and the Reticulated Butterflyfish (Chaetodon reticulatus).  Some ichthyologists place these obligated coral feeders (corallivores) within the Citharoedus subgenus. All three share similar osteology and a jaw structure that allows them to prey on […]