June 4, 2020

Declevis Butterfly

Also known as the Marquesas butterflyfish. A rare fish due to is limited distribution. Highly prized in home aquaria as this is one of the more hardy butterflyfish. 

This fish requires large amounts of live rock for grazing. Most butterflyfish are known to nip at sessile invertebrates including coral and tridacnid clams. This species mainly feeds on coral polyps in the wild. 

The diet of the Declivis Butterflyfish should consist of preparations containing various meaty foods. Finely chopped clams, shrimp, squid, mysis, brine, and krill should all be offered, as well as plenty of algae based products. 

Maximum Length: 5 in.
Care Level: Easy
Family: Chaetodontidae
Reef Compatibility: Add with caution
Minimum Aquarium Size: 75 gallons.
Range: Eastern Indian Ocean: Christmas Island
Diet: Omnivore- Meaty fare, & algae.
Water Conditions: 74-80 F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4