Misbarred Chaetodon octofasciatus is a Whole New Level of Weird

The eightbanded butterflyfish is a species that isn’t exactly ‘celebrated’ in the aquarium hobby, but this specimen is sure to turn some heads of the exotic fish collectors. Big shoutout to Indonesian aquarist Ihsan Aditya for bringing this fish to…

Milletseed Butterflyfish Captive Bred by Biota Aquariums

The millet seed butterflyfish, Chaetodon miliaris, is a common and very abundant reef fish of Hawaii that is now available captive bred from Biota Aquariums. The milletseed butterflyfish is very hardy but should be even better adapted to aquarium life…

Blueline Butterflyfish Hybrid Still Going Strong After Four Years

Unlike the celebrated and chromatically gifted angelfish, the world of butterflyfish is colored mostly in shades of white, yellow, black and occasionally a touch of red or orange. This is what makes the hawaiian endemic blue stripe butterflyfish, Chaetodon fremblii,…

Semilarvatus Makes One of the Rarest Butterflyfish Hybrids

It’s been a long while since we’ve had a fun butterflyfish hybrid to share with you but what’s cool about this specimen is that it is an aquarium established fish. The parents of this outbred fish were Chaetodon lineolatus and C. semilarvatus,…

Interesting Ecology Shift of Blacktail and Orangeface Butterflyfish

Saltwater fish are among some of the most colorful creatures we can keep as pets but as many species as we have access to, one notable group is a sort of ‘forbidden fruit’ when it comes to living in aquariums.…

Butterflyfish Pairs Must Work Together To Defend their Food

Pairing and monogamy is nearly always associated with sex and reproduction but it turns out that some species of butterflyfish have a different reason to pair up. Competition on tropical reefs is intense for virtually all resources, and there’s always…

Chaetodon argentatus Butterflyfish Hybrid Spotted in Japan

So many times when we see aberrant or hybrid reef fish it’s in the setting of an aquarium livestock dealer. So it’s always a nice surprise to see some of these animals being spotted in their natural environment, and GT…

Awesome Fish Spotlight: The Ornate Butterflyfish

The Butterfly Effect We have always been told a swift “NO” on keeping most butterflyfish species in reef aquariums and it constantly reminds us of an old Mark Twain quote: “There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it…

Rare Spotfin x Foureye Butterflyfish Hybrid Collected By Dynasty Marine

A very rare hybrid of the spotfin and four-eye butterflyfish was recently collected by Dynasty Marine in South Florida. The hybrid specimen shows an appearance with a near 50/50 split in the features of its parent, resulting in a ghostly…

Wild Wiebeli X Raccoon Butterflyfish Hybrid!

Butterflyfish are some of the most iconic species of reef fish, it’s always a nice treat to see unusual species, and hybrids of Chaetodon. Today we have an example of both, a hybrid of the rarely seen Chaetodon wiebelii butterflyfish.  This specimen…