Longnose Butterfly (Forcipiger longirostris) Care
The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish, Forcipiger longirostris, is also known as the Longnose Butterfly and the Forceps Butterflyfish. These fish are from across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They have a long, skinny mouth, which resembles a pair of forceps.The body is bright yellow, the top part of the head is black, and the bottom part is white.
This butterflyfish is a carnivore and require a diet rich in both meaty foods, such as bits of crab meat, frozen plankton, mysis and brine shrimp, and live shrimp and worms. They should be fed several times a day.
The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish can reach lengths of up to 9″ and will do best in an aquarium of at least 125 gallons with plenty of live rock to hide in. They will thrive in a large, peaceful fish-only aquarium with lots of open swimming space and live rock hiding places.
The fish is considered reef safe “with caution” as they may nip at both corals and invertebrates.