Ocellate Butterflyfish

(Parachaetodon ocellatus)

Parachaetodon Butterflyfish should be added to well established aquariums with plenty of room to swim. Plenty of rock work should be provided for grazing and hiding. Parachaetodon Butterflyfish may pick at corals and crustaceans. Parachaetodon Butterflyfish are considered hardy and will generally adapt well in aquariums. A diet of meaty and algae based foods should be provided multiple times daily. Multiples can be added simutaneously to a large aquarium. Parachaetodon Butterflyfish tend to be shy and peaceful but can become territorial if their aquarium is to small. Parachaetodon Butterflyfish use their long noses to explore cracks and crevices for food and may pick at crustaceans, algae and clam mantles if not well fed. A diet of meaty foods including live fortified Brine and mysis shrimp and black or red worms along with herbivore preparations should be provided. If not readily eating try pressing foods into holes or crevices mimicing their natural feeding habits.

The Ocellate Butterflyfish is also known as the Sixspine Butterflyfish or Eye Spot Coralfish. Not often seen in the aquarium trade. Ocellate Butterflyfish are very attractive with an overall silver body color, distinct yellow and tan body stripes and false eye spot. Ocellate Butterflyfish can grow to 7".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 75 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

  • Care: CareDifficultDifficult CareModerateModerate
  • Behavior: BehaviorSocialSocial
  • Diet: DietFrozen FoodFrozen Food DietLive FoodLive Food
  • Habitat: HabitatReefReef
  • Light: LightMediumMedium