Black Back Butterflyfish (Chaetodon melannotus) Care
The Black Back Butterflyfish, Chaetodon melannotus, comes from across the Indo-Pacific region. They have a silvery-white body with black diagonal lines on the body, a black band through the eye, and bright yellow outlining the entire body.
These butterflyfish are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as mysis and brine shrimp, small pieces of fresh seafood and high-quality frozen foods. They can be finicky eaters when first introduced to the aquarium.
The Back Back Butterflyfish can reach lengths of up to 6″ and will do best in an aquarium of at least 125 gallons with plenty of live rock to graze on and hide in. They will thrive in large fish-only aquariums with lots of open swimming space and live rock hiding places. They can be housed with other butterflyfish that have different coloration.
These fish are not reef safe and will eat various types of corals.