The Auriga Butterflyfish or Threadfin Butterflyfish, is a beautiful marine fish that comes from tropical locations in the wild. This saltwater fish is great for beginners and is easy to care for! These fish have gorgeous coloration of white, yellow and black. They have a black band that runs from the top of their heads and ends at their jaw, covering the eye.
When setting up an aquarium for the Threadfin Butterflyfish, make sure to provide plenty of hiding places because they can be quite shy. Live rock works great for building caves! Also, make sure your tank is at least 50 gallons because they will need a decent amount of room to swim around in. They grow up to 8 inches in length so a larger aquarium is more suitable.
The Auriga BUtterflyfish have very small mouths with flexible teeth. How crazy is that?! Also, when you first put them in your tank, they may refuse to eat. After a couple of days if they still don’t eat, try live foods. See below for addition fish care! Good luck with your tank.
Auriga Butterflyfish care
Scientific Name: Chaetodon auriga
Natural Habitat: Hawaii, Fiji, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Tonga
Common Names: Threadfin Butterflyfish.
Beginner Fish: Yes, care level is easy.
Adult Size: Up to 8 inches.
Life Span: 5 Years.
Tank Mates: Keep with other peaceful marine fish of similar size. Some suitable tank mates would include wrasse, tangs, hawkfish and triggers.
Tank Size: 50 gallons and up.
Tank Region: Everywhere.
Water Temperature: 72°F – 78°F
Water pH: 8.2 – 8.4
Specific Gravity: 1.021-1.023
Carbonate Hardness: 8-12°
Feeding: Feed frozen plankton, freze-dried, fresh or marine flake foods. Threadfin Butterflyfish also enjoy vegatable food sources and vitamin-boosting supplements.
Gender: Hard to determine.