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Hemitaurichthys polylepis

Hemitaurichthys polylepis is native to the Indo-Pacific. These fish can often be found off the coast of Hawaii. The fish gets its name from the white spots on the sides in the shape of a pyramid. In nature, fish swim in large flocks of several hundred individuals at a depth of 3-40 m.

Hemitaurichthys polylepis

Hemitaurichthys polylepis is not brightly colored, but it is impossible to confuse the fish with any other, thanks to its specific diamond-shaped pattern. The belly, pectoral fins, and tail plumage are silvery white. The head is dark brown and the upper body is yellow. Young fish have similar coloration to adults. Sexual differences are not pronounced. Pyramidal butterfly reaches a size of about 18 cm in length.

Keep fish should be in a sufficiently large aquarium, given that they contain a group of at least 5-6 fish. At least 180 liters of water per fish. The aquarium should be placed a variety of different shelters in the form of rocks with splits and caves, which could freely swim these fish. In general, Hemitaurichthys polylepis good fish for reef aquariums, which contain peaceful and moderately aggressive fish. Also in the aquarium should be a lot of free space for swimming.

Water parameters: temperature 24-26° C, pH pH 8,1-8,4. Requires good filtration and aeration. Also in the aquarium should create a small water current, thus mimicking the circulation of water in the coastal area, which these fish are used to in nature.

Hemitaurichthys polylepis

The lighting should be bright, with an intensity of at least 0.5 W/l. Light duration of about 12 hours per day. If possible, allow the direct rays of the sun into the aquarium occasionally.

In natural conditions Hemitaurichthys polylepis feeds on zooplankton and small crustaceans, which he hunts in the water column. In aquariums, the fish are fed shredded shrimp meat, squid and frozen seafood. Do not refuse to fish and a variety of dry food. Normally, the feeding of fish in an aquarium is not a problem. Feed the fish in small portions 2-3 times a day.


In aquarium conditions Hemitaurichthys polylepis does not breed. All fish appearing on the shelves of domestic pet stores, imported from their natural habitat. The approximate cost of the fish is about 30-35 USD.

Hemitaurichthys polylepis

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