The offspring of Chaetodon miliaris are possible. Unfortunately, the number of offspring is not large enough to cover the demand of the trade. If you are interested in Chaetodon miliaris, please ask your dealer for offspring. If you already own Chaetodon miliaris, try breeding yourself. This will help to improve the availability of offspring in the trade and to conserve natural stocks.
Quoy & Gaimard, 1825
A quite rare guest in dealer tanks which is no wonder because the fish only occurs near Hawaii. Despite the fact that he will rob eggs from other fish he seems to be peaceful. Good to keep, should be kept in a group of several animals. The most common butterflyfish around Hawaii. The yellow painting is fading sometimes in captivety. Might eat coral polyps.
Chaetodon miliaris also known as the Milletseed butterflyfish, Millet butterflyfish or the Lemon Butterflyfish is to be found endemic in the Hawaiian Islands and Johnston Atoll.
The Lemon Butterflyfish inhabits shallow reef flats. This species form schools at midwater to feed on plankton and benthic invertebrates, also on shallow seamounts. He remains fairly small, only reaching a length of about 12 cm.
Chaetodon miliaris is one of the most common Butterflyfishes found in Hawaiian waters, this is a very hardy and more less-aggressive species that communes well with those of its own kind, similarly related and non-related species of a non-aggressive nature. Can be kept singly, as a pair, or in small groups, but if more than one specimen is kept, all should be introduced into the aquarium together at the same time. The Lemon Butterflyfish should be provided with ample swimming room and shelter.
The Milletseed butterflyfish is an omnivore that feeds on small invertebrates, crustaceans, and algae. A hardy species that adapts rather quickly to aquarium life.
Butterflyfish are not recommended for reefs as they will pick at or eat a wide variety of corals, fan worms, and other invertebrates. Most Butterflyfish are known to pick at Aiptaisia, a parasitic anemone.