Pinate Batfish/ Long Finned Batfish (Platax pinnatus) 7-14 cm (UPDATED 25/06/17)

  • Pinate Batfish/ Long Finned Batfish (Platax pinnatus) 7-14 cm (UPDATED 25/06/17)

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This is almost always a poor choice of fish for an aquarium. They are poor shippers, and typically die within the first few days in the aquarium. Even compared to other batfish they are known for being fragile. Those few that do survive lose their juvenile coloration and exhibit an adult color form typically considered less attractive. To have some chance of successfully keeping this fish, a quite tall aquarium is desirable. Because this fish is so tall, long aquariums significantly constrain its movement. Another key factor is to introduce this fish as the dominant fish in the aquarium. Its fins are irresistible targets for nippers like damsels, puffers, butterflies, and angels, let alone triggers. Once its fins are nipped there is little chance of this shy species to start feeding and typically they starve to death afterwards. Firefish and percula clowns have proven to be great tank mates as they are peaceful and would encourage a newly introduced specimen to start eating.


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