Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: No
Max. Size: Up to 6"
Double Saddle Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis)
The Double Saddle Butterflyfish, otherwise known as the Doublesaddle Butterflyfish, Saddled Butterflyfish, and the False Falcula Butterflyfish, are white, thin lipped fish with black, narrow vertical lines across their bodies. They have a vertical band across their eye and two black patches on their dorsal sides, and the lower end of their bodies are yellow with a black spot on the tail.
It is best to house the Double Saddle Butterflyfish in a 120 gallon tank or larger with room to swim and live rock for hiding. These butterflyfish are not known for being good reef dwellers. They typically eat and nip at mushroom corals, soft and stony corals (sessile invertebrates), clam mantles, and anemones, so a live rock only aquarium would be the best option. The Double Saddle Butterflyfish is a peaceful breed, so they do well with other fish and other peaceful butterflyfish. If introducing them with other tankmates, it is best to introduce them all at the same time.
The diet of the Double Saddle Butterflyfish should include: mysis shrimp, frozen preparations, clams, and some vegetables.