Orange Butterfly Fish
Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Orange Butterflyfish, it is a species of Butterflyfish that belongs to the Chaetodon genus of the Chaetodontidae family. The binomial name of this fish is Chaetodon kleinii and it is also commonly called the Black-lipped Butterflyfish, Klein's Butterflyfish, Sunburst Butterflyfish, or Blacklip Butterflyfish. The Orange Butterflyfish can be largely found in the Indo-Pacific area, ranging from East Africa and the Red Sea to Samoa and the Hawaiian Islands, north to the southern part of Japan, south to New Caledonia and Australia. The Orange Butterflyfish can also be largely seen in the Galapagos Islands in the Eastern Pacific. The Orange Butterflyfish hails from Hawaii, New Caledonia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.
An adult Orange Butterflyfish has a maximum body size of 6 inches (15 cm). The Orange Butterflyfish species has a yellowish brown color body with 1 to 2 wide lighter upright bars, one running from next to the origin of its dorsal spine to its stomach, and the other one running from its middle of its back to the middle part of its body. A black color bar runs perpendicularly across its eyes, and the part previous to this is whitish, with a black color snout.
The Orange Butterflyfish comes in different colors, including Gold, Black and White. The color of the body of the Orange Butterflyfish species varies a bit across the range, such that western specimens generally contain one beige bar, whereas the eastern ones boast two white color bars. There may be many dotted horizontal lines on the body sides, or one more shadowy band between the two pale light ones in the eastern specimens.
The Orange Butterflyfish is usually found at a depth that ranges from (13.2 feet to 201.3 feet (4 meters to 61 meters). In the wild, the Orange Butterflyfish usually live in deeper ponds and seaward reefs and canals, swimming alone, or in pairs, chiefly during the breeding season. The Orange Butterflyfish are oviparous.
When kept in captivity, the Orange Butterflyfish performs well in a bigger aquarium with the capacity of 120 gallons. The Orange Butterflyfish prefer to live in water with the temperature that ranges from 72 degrees Fahrenheit to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, with the pH level between 8.1 and 8.4. Mostly, the Orange Butterflyfish species are peaceful in temperament and they mostly prefer to live with other Butterflyfish at the Aquarium, including members of its own genus, if they were bought together. The Orange Butterflyfish may be raised in a reef aquarium, but it will consume leather corals and some other soft corals. It is an outstanding fish for novice breeders
The Orange Butterflyfish is an oviparous fish, and in the wild, it mostly feeds on soft coral polyps, particularly Sarcophyton tracheliophorum and Litophyton viridis, and Zooplankton and algae. In the aquarium, these fish species are fed with meaty foods, like mysis. The Orange Butterflyfish coral-consuming habits can turn into a pest, but alternatively, these fish species are fond of eating Aiptasia, petite marine anemones that regularly turn into a pest in seawater aquaria. In the captivity, these fish species are required to be nourished at least three times a day.
The average lifespan of the Orange Butterflyfish ranges from 8 years to 10 years in the wild, but in captivity, they can live more than 10 years.