Not Reef Tank Suitable
Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable
Range: Western Atlantic Ocean: North Carolina, northern Sea of Cortez to Yucatan in Mexico
Size: 6 inches (15 cm)
Natural Environment: Inhabits deep reef drop offs and sunken ships at depths from about 80 to 380 feet (24 – 115 m) and is thought to feed on tubeworms, gorgonians and black coral polyps. Mostly occurs singly, with adults not often found in waters above 150 feet (45 m).
General Husbandry: This rarely seen in the trade species has a silvery body with a narrow black band over the head to and through the eyes. Theres also a wide vertical black band on the rear of the body, with yellow on all fins except the tail, which is clear.
When available, adapts quite easily to aquarium life in larger peaceful fish-only community aquariums, especially those with lots of open swimming space. A meaty diet of live fortified brine shrimp, black worms (Lumbriculus variegatus), and/or various frozen meaty foods such as mysis, and flake foods, should be offered several times daily.
More than one species from this genus can be maintained in the same aquarium, however, to do so requires at least a 125 gallon aquarium having lots of live rock with caves and ledges to explore, or hide when necessary.
Not safe with LPS corals, soft corals, gorgonians, and tubeworms/feather dusters.
Rarely is there a problem getting this species to feed in the aquarium, however, small human consumption clams/black mussels purchased in local grocery stores and placed on the half-shell in the aquarium will help entice it to begin feeding. Over time, frozen foods like mysis and brine shrimp will be more readily accepted.
FYI: Quite attractive, hardy, yet often somewhat expensive because it needs to undergo decompression stops to prevent injury to its gas bladder since its captured in deep waters.
Those in this genus are usually referred to as ‘Longnose Butterflyfish.’
Pressing some soft foods into openings/crevices on a piece of old dead coral skeleton can sometimes encourage finicky eaters to begin feeding.
Experience Level: Intermediate
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe: No
Acclimation Time: 30 minutes+
Aquarium Environment: Fish-only aquarium
Tankmates: Peaceful or non-aggressive
Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons
Temperature Range: 61 - 77°F (16 – 25°C)
Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.026
pH: 8.0 - 8.5