Guide Fish Care Rating:
Chaetodon miliaris (Quoy & Gaimard, 1825)
Other Common Names:
Milletseed Butterflyfish, Spotted Butterflyfish
Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll.
Remains fairly small, only reaching a length of about 5 inches.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
Characteristics & Compatibility:
One of the most common Butterflyfishes found in Hawaiian waters, this is very hardy, less-aggressive species that communes well with those of its own kind, similarly related and non-related species of a non-aggressive nature. Can be kept singly, as a pair, or in small groups, but if more than one specimen is kept, all should be introduced into the aquarium together at the same time. Should be provided with ample swimming room and shelter.
Diet & Feeding:
An omnivore that feeds on small invertebrates, crustaceans, and algae. A hardy species that adapts rather quickly to aquarium life, this fish will usually start eating tank fed foods within a couple of days. Should be fed a mixed diet of marine herbivore and carnivore fares, but particularly types that have color-enhancing and vitamin-enriched ingredients in them to help prevent the lose of this fish's bright yellow color, which tends to fade in captivity.
Reef Tank Suitability:
May not be completely trusted around corals and invertebrates.