Life of Bluelashed Butterflyfish

Life of Sea | Bluelashed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon bennetti) | This butterflyfish is also popular  as Bennett’s Butterflyfish, Archer Butterflyfish and Eclipse Butterflyfish. This fish is very popular among aquarists and divers, but they are one of the butterflyfish that are difficult to maintain in the aquarium because it is difficult to eat. The Bennett's Butterflyfish or Bluelashed Butterflyfish was described by Cuvier in 1831, and was first collected in Sumatra, Indonesia. They are found widely scattered over the Indian and Pacific Eastern and Southern African coasts from oceanic islands, Sri Lanka, Christmas and Cocos Islands, Southeast Asia, southern Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Palau, Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Marianas, Gilberts, Marshalls, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cooks, associations, Marquesas and Rapa.

Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Actinopterygii
Order:     Perciformes
Family:     Chaetodontidae
Genus:     Chaetodon (but see text)
Subgenus:     Tetrachaetodon
Species:     C. (T.) bennetti

Bluelashed Butterflyfish , the adult fish has a bright color. The body is oval and yellow, there is a large black dots in the upper body with white edges. Sometimes appear blackish dots around. There are two diagonal linesl, the first view of the fin near the stomach and the other line starts from the eye to near the anal fin. There is also a black line with a bright blue on the eyes. Young adults have similar body.


The Bluelashed Butterflyfish are omnivores. In the wild they feed primarily on hard coral polyps and algae. In the aquarium, at first, you can then offer a variety of meaty foods, dried flakes, shrimps, tablets, and Japanese Nori (Asakusa-nori). You can also use commercially prepared formulas and algae with algae. Offer various foods quite often at first. Once it is successfully used hardy and can live for a certain period. Feed it at least twice a day, and if it's a little juvenile, feeding should be tried three to four times daily.

In the wild, Bluelashed Butterflyfish, the adult fish are usually seen in pairs and sometimes alone. They live reef areas, coral collection areas, and urban open ocean at depths between 3-65 feet (1-20 meters). While not a fast-moving fish, they are free swimming. They usually spend their time in the open space. Sometimes they can see moving between the cracks of the rocks. This fish is hard to keep especially for novice aquarist.

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