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*This fish is a marine species*

The Long Nosed Butterflyfish is suited for the intermediate aquarist. It is a peaceful species and is also referred to as the Forceps Fish. It has a yellow body, a long snout and its head colours are split horizontally with black on the top and white on the bottom half. Its dorsal spines are long and jagged. It is a great first butterfly fish purchase.   

This species is native to many areas within the Indo-Pacific region.


Features of Longnose Butterflyfish

  • Grow up to 22cm
  • Care level: Moderate
  • Peaceful
  • Known for its eccentric behaviour such as hanging upside down


Tank Mate Compatibility:

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Long Nosed Butterflyfish:

  • Clownfish
  • Damsels
  • Dartfish
  • Anthias

They are a good match with many other peaceful fish. It is recommended that they are not housed with any other butterfly fish unless already in an established pair. They may nip at corals and sessile invertebrates.



Long Nosed Butterflyfish are carnivores so their diet should consist of a variety of foods including Mysis shrimp, crustacean meat and frozen preparations.




Long Nosed Butterflyfish require a minimum tank size of 150L as they are active swimmers so require large open areas to swim.

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Long Nosed Butterflyfish prefer water temperatures between 22°C - 27°C.

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Replicate natural conditions with artificial lighting (8-10 hours of light every 24 hours.)

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Filtration & Water Movement:

Long Nosed Butterflyfish require good filtration and water quality. This fish prefers moderate movement of water. Very sensitive to ammonia so maintain water quality regularly.

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This species isn’t particularly picky about the substrate but a mixture of sand and coral is highly recommended with live rock.

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Decorations for Longnose Butterflyfish:

Lots of well-developed live rock with crevices and overhang. They also like places to hide and feed in crevices so rocks are a great addition.

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