B-Box aquarium is one of the select few fish stores always at the forefront of something rare or exciting. This time, with a video of a juvenile Bank’s butterflyfish (Prognathodes aya). While not as rare and not nearly as expensive as the Orange-margin butterflyfish we featured some time back, the bank’s butterflyfish is still an uncommon find in the Chaetodon department.
Juveniles are, as with most other deep water species, rarer and more expensive. Juvenile Bank’s butterflyfish are extremely hard to find anywhere outside of Japan and the US and it seems that this particular batch was direct from Dynasty Marine. The Prognathodes butterflyfishes are elegant, and quite uncommon in the hobby. All species possess pointed snouts, fierce looking dorsal spines and are somewhat coral friendly, making them popular in deepwater reef set ups.
B-Box aquarium is not the only one to get their fins on juvenile Bank’s butterflyfish. Rare fish powerhouse Blue Habor also managed to snag a few. The baby fishes are selling for a little less than $1,000. A much cheaper alternative compared to its extraordinarily rare hawaiian endemic cousin, P. basabei. Check out the cameo appearance of a Roa modestus butterflyfish in the video above too!