Longnose Butterflyfish

Fish Type: Butterfly

Scientific Name: Forcipiger flavissimus, Forcipiger longirostris


Color: yellow, white, black
Aggressiveness: Non-Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Max Size: 8.5"
Minimum Tank Size: 75gal
Relative Care: Medium
Photo Courtesy of Pieces of the Ocean

A very hardy butterfly once it begins to eat. Feed on a wide variety of animal prey including hydroids, fish eggs, small crustaceans but prefers tube feet of echinoderms, pedicilaria of sea urchins, and polychaete tentacles. May eat desirable bethnic inverts in aquariums. It will pick at things between the corals, looking for food, so it’s not reef safe as it may start to pick at certain corals. Does well in FO or FOWLR tanks, it just needs peaceful tank mates.

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