Butterflyfish - Threadfin - Small
The Threadfin Butterflyfish is a hardy species that is popular with aquarist and suitable for beginners.
This species has distinctive colouring, white at the front and bright yellow at the rear with a black stripe over its eye. The usual lifespan for a Threadfin Butterflyfish is around 5 years.
Threadfin Butterflyfish are hardy fish and quite resilient to disease if the aquarium is maintained properly.
There isn’t a lot of information about captive breeding, but in the wild, they are pelagic spawners. Eggs are released into the planktonic water column and remain floating with the currents until hatching.
The natural habitat for Threadfin Butterflyfish is in tropical areas, typically lagoons and reef flats or slopes. They tend to be found where there is plenty of coral, occasionally venturing into sparser habitats. After reaching maturity an adult can grow to a length of 8 inches (20.3 cm).
It is native to the Indo-Pacific region, taking in Eastern and Southern Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Southern Japan, Fiji, and Hawaii.
Tank Recommendations for the Threadfin Butterflyfish
This species does need a large tank with plenty of open water space for it to swim around and so we recommend a tank of at least 125 gallons (473 litres).
It is important to create an environment with plenty of rocks, rubble and hiding places. However, even though their natural habitat is around reefs, they are not reef safe in an aquarium. Corals will get nibbled and crustaceans will be eaten if a Threadfin Butterflyfish is introduced.
Threadfin Butterflyfish should be kept in a Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) tank as they are not reef safe.
Suitable Tank Buddies
The Threadfin Butterflyfish is peaceful and generally ignores most other tank buddies, apart from any relative of similar looking species.
Crustaceans, Anemones and Corals are not safe if housed in the same tank as they can be eaten.
Threadfin Butterflyfish can be housed with smaller non-aggressive fish such as Gobies, Dartfish and Fairy Wrasses. Semi aggressive fish such as Clownfish, Anthias and Dwarf Angelfish are also suitable.
Monitor the tank if housing butterflyfish with large semi-aggressive, and aggressive fish such as Dottybacks, Damselfish, Tangs, Large Angelfish, and fish only Wrasses. Also, be careful with slow swimmers and eaters such as Seahorses or Pipefish.
Avoid housing Threadfin Butterflyfish with invertebrates and corals. Also avoid large aggressive predators such as Lionfish/Scorpionfish, Groupers and Sharks/Rays.
The Threadfin Butterflyfish is great for beginners and can be one of the highlights of your aquarium.
Feeding your Threadfin Butterflyfish
Threadfin Butterflyfish are omnivores. A suitable diet should include plenty of meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, crustaceans, and fish. Frozen marine preparations are also recommended. Greens such as spirulina and nori help balance the diet, as well as formula foods and preparations. It is advised to feed adults 2 times per day and juveniles 4 times per day.
|Scientific Name||Cheatodon Auriga|
|Common Names||Threadfin Butterflyfish, Auriga Butterflyfish, Cross-stripe Butterfly, Diagonal Butterlyfish and Whip Butterflyfish|
|Max. Length (cm)||20|
|Min. Tank Volume (l)||473|
|Origin||Indo-Pacific region, Eastern and Southern Africa, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Southern Japan, Fiji, and Hawaii|
|Water Conditions||22.2-25.5° C (72-78° F), dKH 8-12, pH 8.2-8.4, sg 1.021-1.023|