Raccoon Butterfly

Raccoon Butterfly

The Raccoon Butterfly achieves its name from its 'Raccoon' styled colouring. It has a yellow based body, which gradients from bright yellow at the bottom of the fish to dark yellow at the top. It also has a black band around its eyes which is also then highlighted by a white band.

In order to keep this butterfly happy in captivity it must be kept in a aquarium of at least 400 litres with plenty of live rock for hiding between. This fish is also relatively peaceful and therefore should have tank mates that are like minded, and should not be housed with very aggressive fish. Additionally, this fish may also be harmful to invertebrates and corals.

Many state that it takes a while at the beginning to get this fish to feed due to it being shy and slow. However this can be overcome by trying a variety of live foods or anemones.

Once this fish has been acclimated, it should then be offered a varied diet of meaty foods, crustacean flesh, mysis shrimp, and frozen preparations at least twice daily.

Minimum Tank Size400 Litres
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 8"
Colour Form: Black, Orange, White, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
Family: Chaetodontidae
Origin: Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives, New Caledonia, Tahiti

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. This is a very hardy fish. Mine is a small one, but he goes up against a much larger powder blue, which has been known as an aggressor. My raccoon is a constant swimmer, and eats all kinds of food – chopped fish, squid, shrimp, seaweed. This is a great fish! I highly recommend it.

  2. My medium size Raccoon Butterfly that I received started eating within 24 hours. Very active, always swimming around and enjoys the company of the other fish.

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