Get ready for a big tank! Personally, I’ve never seen Platax batavianus, often called the Zebra Batfish, offered for sale before, but that will likely change. Bali Aquarich has just announced their success with breeding and rearing this striking species. Given recent history with Bali Aquarich and their successfu offerings of captive-bred Pinnatus Batfish, hopefully we can expect to see some Zebra Batfish making their way into the trade as robust, easy-to-care-for captive-bred fish, at some point in the future.
Just a reminder, despite their small size starting out, Fishbase puts the adults at 65 cm, or roughly 2 feet, and since these are circular fish, that means 2 feet in diameter! Presumably a fish like this should arrive in your tank only if you’re comfortable eating it when it gets too large!
Image courtesy Bali Aquarich