Chaetodon fasciatus also known as Red Sea racoon butterflyfish or the Raccoon Fasciatus Butterflyfish lives endemicaly in the Red Sea.
Chaetodon fasciatus is yellow with diagonal black lines. Very close to Chaetodon lunula, it is distinguished by the missing black spot on the tail peduncle, the darker diagonal lines and the different pattern of facial white and black blotches.
It is a peaceful fish and may reside in a larger fish-only aquarium with other butterflyfish. It should not be put into a reef tank environment because it will eat invertebrates.
The Red Sea Raccoon Butterflyfish eating a varied diet of meaty foods, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, and frozen preparations several times daily.
Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.
This Red Sea Racoon is often available to North Americans. It is a hardy fish, resisting many diseases to which other butterflyfish seem to succumb. It will tolerate less-than-perfect water quality, for short times.
Getting it to eat can be a challenge, but most will 'follow the leader' and eat what other community tank members wil eat. It is sometimes not assertive at feeding times and may become reclusive.
However, as always with most butterflyfishes, it is best to put into quarantine in order to get it eating different foods, and to get it used to humans (as well as to be sure it is disease-free). If the aquarist will diligently do this, the fish will start off right and quickly learn who and where its food comes from.
It likes mostly meaty foods (chopped clam, scallop, mysis and brine shrimp. It can get used to most kinds of omnivore foods for marine fishes.
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