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Teira Batfish
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(Platax teira) Moderate Peaceful 24" 250 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Omnivore Indo-West Pacific Ephippidae Batfish Fish Only Teira Batfish, also nicknamed Longfin Batfish and Round-faced Batfish, are an extremely peaceful and social marine species that will form schools with others of their kind as they are discovered throughout their natural habitat of the Indo-West Pacific. Juvenile Teira Batfish have relatively long anal and dorsal fins that will become much shorter as the fish matures and fills out to its adult shape. Teira Batfish (Platax teira) are commonly confused with their Orbiculate Batfish (Platax orbicularis) relatives, but can be identified by a dark blotch below their pectoral fins as well as an elongated, dark vertical blotch just before their anal fins. Although Teira Batfish are usually quite small when initially purchased, they will quickly outgrow a small aquarium and they will reach a maximum size of approximately 2 feet in length. Teira Batfish are mild mannered and will coexist peacefully with their tank mates, but should not be housed with overly aggressive species that may bully them as juveniles. Teira Batfish require an adequate amount of open swimming space and should be provided with nothing less than a 240 gallon aquarium. They should also be provided with a sandy to crushed-coral substrate and plenty of live rock for shelter and overall system health. As they grow to a large size of 24 inches they will need strong, efficient biological and mechanical filtration with the addition of a quality protein skimmer in order to handle their large biological load on the system and ensure pristine water conditions; it has also been suggested that this species is susceptible to ich and would benefit from a UV sterilizer. Teira Batfish are a very mild mannered fish that will do well with a wide variety of tank mates, but they are not considered to be reef safe (they will sessile invertebrates, e.g.; anemones and coral species) and should be housed within a FOWLR environment. Teira Batfish are omnivores that will eat plankton, small invertebrates, sessile invertebrates and marine algae in the wild. Their aquarium diet should consist of a variety of live, frozen, or freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched zooplankton, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, ghost shrimp, and other prepared/chopped meaty foods. They can also learn to accept quality Spirulina-based flake foods for omnivores and herbivores. Feed at least 2-3 times a day.
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Orbiculate Batfish
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(Platax orbicularis) Moderate Peaceful 20" 180 gallons 72-80° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025 Omnivore Indo-Pacific Ephippidae Batfish Fish Only Orbiculate Batfish, also called Circular Batfish, are a beautiful and interesting species in where the juveniles have the ability and the natural camouflage to mimic floating leaves and marine algae while they nibble on algae and planktonic life throughout their natural reef habitat of the Indo-Pacific. As juvenile Orbiculate Batfish mature, they will lose their brown-orange coloration and their relatively long anal and dorsal fins will eventually appear much shorter as their bodies fill out with maturity. Orbiculate Batfish are very friendly and peaceful with other fish species and are quite social among conspecifics; they will form schools with other Orbiculate Batfish that they come across in their environment. Orbiculate Batfish (Platax orbicularis) are commonly misidentified and confused with their Teira Batfish (Platax teira) cousins; they can be differentiated by the fact that their cousins (Platax teira) possess a dark blotch below their pectoral fins as well as an elongated, dark vertical blotch just before their anal fins. Orbiculate Batfish appear as cute, small fish when they are initially purchased, but they can quickly outgrow an average aquarium as they rapidly reach a maximum size of around 20". Orbiculate Batfish are a striking species that may be the center of attention in the aquarium, but as juveniles they aren't very hardy and will require pristine water conditions and should not be housed with tank mates that may harass them. Orbiculate Batfish should be provided with an aquarium of at least 200 gallons along with plenty of unobstructed swimming space. They should also be provided with a sandy to crushed-coral substrate and plenty of live rock and hiding places. As an adult, this species will have a large biological impact on their system and will need efficient protein skimming as well as high-end biological and mechanical filtration to ensure pristine water conditions. Orbiculate Batfish juveniles can be susceptible to Ich and may benefit from UV sterilization in addition to an already well establish system. Like all batfish, the Orbiculate Batfish is a mild mannered species and will coexist peacefully with a wide variety of tank mates, but they are not reef safe as adults (they will eat sessile invertebrates, e.g.; anemones and various coral species) and should ideally be housed in a FOWLR aquarium. Orbiculate Batfish are omnivores that will eat plankton, small invertebrates, sessile invertebrates and marine algae in the wild. Their aquarium diet should consist of a variety of live, frozen, or freeze-dried, and vitamin enriched zooplankton, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, chopped krill, ghost shrimp, and other prepared/chopped meaty foods. They can also learn to accept quality Spirulina-based flake foods for omnivores and herbivores. Feed at least 2-3 times a day.
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