Found in the Indo-Pacific Oceans and the Red Sea, this fish has many aliases: Sunburst, Orange, Brown, Corallicola and Blacklip Butterflyfish. A golden yellow fish with a black, blue or brown band across the eye, and two yellowish-brown vertical bands running across the body; one in the middle of the body and the other starting at the dorsal fin. The caudal fin is transparent. This is a good butterfly fish for the beginner as it accepts most foods offered and is hardy.
Size: sm. 1" to 2"; med. 2" to 3"
No. in Tank: ONE!
Tank: min. 50 gallon
Food: (Omnivore) In the wild, ate stony coral polyps, algae and zoo-plankton. In the aquarium, it accepts most foods offered. A varied diet is required to maintain the coloration and the health of this fish. Offer marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen marine preparations.
Adaptation: Must have live rock, room to swim and plenty of hiding places, as this fish can be very shy. If kept with other butterflyfish (except its own kind), ideally, they should be introduced at the same time.
Compatibility: Does best with peaceful tank-mates. Can be kept in a reef if the fish is kept well fed and there are noxious corals (more noxious than leather corals and some soft corals which they will eat). Needs live rock for the algae growth. A hardy fish that does very well in a community tank