General Information

NOTE: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.

Scientific Name:
Platax orbicularis
Max. Size:
20 inches
Care Level:
See compatibility chart
Minimum Tank Size:
80 gallons
Reef Compatible:
Tahiti, Indo-Pacific, Red Sea


General Information


The Orbiculate batfish is a nice fish for anyone who has a tank large enough to house them. This species changes appearance a lot during its lifetime and an adult specimen looks nothing like a juvenile one. Both coloration and body shape changes. Adult specimens have a very high profile reminding much of the body shape of freshwater angeL Fish and a yellow and brown body. Juvenile specimens have a much lower body more similar to that of a discus fish (a little more squared). The juvenile Orbiculate batfish has a silvery body with three black lines running vertically across it. They are not reef safe as they will eat some coral and invertebrates as well as anemones. The Orbiculate batfish is a friendly species and can be kept with most species. Don’t keep with very aggressive fish like triggers.

Orbiculate Batfish are omnivorous, meaning they consume both animal proteins and plant matter. This diet should be replicated as accurately as possible in captivity. The acclimation/quarantine period is key to establishing the new fish’s diet. Initially, it may be necessary to offer live food. If this is the case, depending on the size of the batfish, either live brine, mysid, or ghost shrimp should do the job. Regardless of which one is offered, they should all be gut-loaded and enriched with a vitamin supplement. As they adapt to feeding in the aquarium, prepared foods can gradually be offered to them. Being omnivorous, it is important to vary their diet. Pinnatus batfish absolutely relish shrimp, krill, crab, squid, bloodworms, and live and frozen brine and mysid shrimp, but their recently discovered need for algae cannot be neglected. For the home aquarium macroalgae is the best, such as fresh Chaetomorpha, Caulerpa racemosa, C. prolifera, and C. Mexicana, as these are commonly grown in many refugiums.


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