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Klein's Butterflyfish
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Chaetodon kleinii, Chaetodon kleini

Klein's Butterflyfish

Quick Stats:   Klein's Butterflyfish

Family: Chaetodontidae
Range: Indo-Pacific
Size: Up to 6 inches
Diet: Carnivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: With caution
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Peaceful
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Easy
Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

The Klein's Butterflyfish, also known as the Sunburst, Orange, Brown, Corallicola, or Blacklip Butterflyfish, is primarily golden-yellow. It may have either a black or a black and blue eye band.

It may be kept in a 50 gallon or larger aquarium with other butterflyfish, including members of its own species, if they were introduced to the tank at the same time. The Klein's Butterflyfish may be kept in a reef aquarium, but will eat leather corals and some of the soft corals. It is an excellent fish for beginners.

The diet should consist of meaty items such as fish, crustaceans, mysid shrimp, and frozen marine preparations. It needs to be fed at least three times daily.


Photo courtesy of T.F.H. Publications, publishers of the Burgess Atlas.

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