Rising Tide Conservation and Hawaii Oceanic Institute have done it yet again. The duo announced it successfully bred yet another species—Chaetodon miliaris, Lemon Butterfly. Quality Marine received some of the fish from the very first batch, and according to the group, they are excited to be a part of the breakthrough event.
This project’s journey first began at the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Lab back in 2013. Now, Quality Marine has healthy, successfully captive-bred juvenile specimens.
Chaetodon miliaris are abundant in the tropical waters of the Eastern Central Pacific and go by a variety of names, like Milletseed, Millet and Lemon. Quality Marine calls it the Lemon Miliaris Butterfly.
They are perfect for captivity and the beginner hobbyist. Their small adult size allows them to be kept in small aquariums (40 gallon and up). Lemon Miliaris Butterflies can be kept as individuals, in pairs or (in large enough aquariums) in groups as long as they are introduced at the same time. They are frequently timid when introduced but will become more confident once acclimated. These can be added to reef aquariums, but this addition should still be done with caution. Feeding frequently will help prevent them from nibbling on desirable inverts. A varied diet of small frozen meaty foods and marine pellets, multiple times a day will keep this very active fish in good health.
Quality Marine says to contact your sales representative for more information on how you can enjoy your own captive bred Chaetodon miliaris.