Pyramid Butterfly Fish - Hemitaurichthys polylepis - Pyramid Butterflyfish - Banded Butterfly - Yellow Zoster Butterfly
Pyramid Butterfly is easily recognized by its color pattern. It has a bright white pyramid shape in the middle of the body, outlined by a bright yellow color. The head is a darker golden yellow color, and as this picture shows, when excited the color of the head can change to a very dark, almost black color. The pectoral and anal fins are white. The tail is also white, with some tinges of black. The scales on this fish are very noticeable with the white pyramid area having almost a pearlescent appearance. The Yellow Pyramid Butterfly is also known as the Yellow Zoster Butterfly, and occurs in large numbers among the reefs of the Indian Ocean. The fins are yellow in color, and the body is mostly white. The white coloration forms a triangle with the yellow fins, lending it its common name. The head area is black helping these fish camouflage themselves in the wild. The Pyramid Butterfly feeds upon plankton in the wild, and is safe for reef aquariums. The Yellow Pyramid Butterfly is quite shy at first, and should be provided multiple hiding places. The ideal aquarium will be at least 100 gallons and will contain plenty of live rock that will provide hiding places, and a supplemental food source. They may be kept singly, in pairs or small numbers. If underfed the Yellow Pyramid Butterfly may occasionally pick at Xenia or other soft corals. Feeding several times daily is recommended Social Behaviors: The Yellow Pyramid Butterf not aggressive in nature, this fish can be kept singly, in pairs or small groups. It is more likely to adapt to a tank which has non aggressive fish in it. Maximum Size: Pyramid Butterfly can grow to 7 inches. General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 3 to 4 inches; the large generally 5 to 6 inches not including the caudal fin. Minimum Tank Size: A minimum 75 gallon aquarium is recommended. Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78Á F). Feeding and Diet: Pyramid Butterfly requires a variety of carnivorous foods, including but not limited to, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, krill, and carnivore specific frozen foods.