Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji

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Dot Dash Butterfly, Chaetodon pelewensis

  • Common Name: Dot Dash Butterfly
  • Latin Name: Chaetodon pelewensis
  • Distribution: naturally found in the waters surrounding Fiji in the Pacific Ocean. It is not known to have any specific distribution outside its native range.
  • Max Size: around 6 inches (15 centimetres) in length.
  • Temperature Range: between 75°F and 82°F (24°C – 28°C).
  • pH Range: between 8.1 and 8.4.
  • KH Range: 8-12 dKH.
  • Care Level: requires moderate care and is considered to be moderately difficult to care for. It is a delicate species that requires stable water conditions and proper acclimation.
  • Lighting Preference: This species prefers moderate to high lighting levels in the aquarium.
  • Preferred Food: The Dot Dash Butterfly is primarily a herbivorous fish that feeds on a diet consisting of various types of algae, including filamentous, sheet, and turf algae. Supplementing their diet with high-quality marine flake or pellet foods, as well as occasional live or frozen meaty foods, is recommended.
  • Behaviour: The Dot Dash Butterfly is generally peaceful, but it may become territorial towards conspecifics or other butterflyfish species. It is best kept in a larger aquarium with ample swimming space and suitable hiding spots.
  • Suitable for Reef Tanks: The Dot Dash Butterfly can be kept in a reef tank, but caution should be exercised as it may nip at certain coral polyps and sessile invertebrates. Careful selection of compatible tank mates and monitoring of its behaviour is necessary.
  • Interesting Facts:
  • The scientific name refers to its native distribution around Palau, an island country in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Like other butterflyfish species, the Dot Dash Butterfly has a laterally compressed body and a small mouth adapted for picking and nipping at its food sources.

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The Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji, Chaetodon pelewensis, is a striking fish with a maximum size of around 7 inches (18 centimetres). It has a disc-shaped body with a white colouration and a pattern of black dots covering its body. The dorsal and anal fins feature bright yellow patches, adding to its overall beauty.

Natural Habitat:

In its natural habitat, the Dot Dash Butterfly is found in the waters around Fiji. It inhabits coral reefs and lagoons with abundant coral growth. These areas provide shelter, food sources, and ample hiding places among the intricate coral structures.

Keeping the Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji Healthy:

The Dot Dash Butterfly requires a moderate level of care and is moderately difficult to keep in home aquariums. It thrives in well-established aquariums with stable water parameters. Maintaining proper water temperature between 75°F and 82°F (24°C and 28°C), a pH range of 8.1 to 8.4, and a KH range of 8 to 12 dKH is crucial for its well-being.

Special Requirements and Feeding:

The Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji are omnivores. They feed on various types of filamentous and macroalgae in the wild, as well as on invertebrates. They should be provided with a varied diet consisting of high-quality marine-based flakes, pellets, and frozen or fresh vegetables. It also benefits from the inclusion of live rock in the aquarium, as it grazes on algae growth. Regular feeding and a diverse diet help ensure optimal health.

How Many Should I Keep?

The Dot Dash Butterfly can be kept singly or in pairs, depending on the size of the aquarium. It is recommended to provide ample swimming space and territories for multiple individuals, especially if keeping them in pairs.

Lighting Preference:

The Dot Dash Butterfly prefers moderate to high lighting in the aquarium, as it mimics the bright and well-lit conditions of its natural coral reef habitat. Adequate lighting helps enhance the fish’s vibrant colouration and overall appearance.

Suitable Tank Mates:

When choosing tank mates for the Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji, it is important to consider other peaceful species that can coexist peacefully. Avoid housing it with aggressive or territorial fish that may stress or harm the butterflyfish. Good tank mates include other peaceful community fish, such as tangs, angelfish, and peaceful wrasses.

Reproduction in the Wild:

This species is known to form pairs during the breeding season, suggesting monogamous behaviour. Pair formation may involve courtship displays and rituals to attract potential mates.

During courtship, the Dot Dash Butterfly may exhibit vibrant coloration and engage in synchronized swimming patterns with its partner. These displays serve to establish and strengthen the pair bond. The exact courtship behaviours and signals used by the species are not well-documented.

Once the pair has established a strong bond, spawning can occur. Butterflyfish typically release their eggs and sperm into the water column, where fertilization takes place. The fertilized eggs develop into larvae, known as fry, which are pelagic and drift with ocean currents.

The fry undergo a pelagic larval stage, during which they feed on planktonic organisms and continue to develop. This phase can last for several weeks, during which time the fry are vulnerable to predation and other environmental factors.

Breeding Chaetodon pelewensis:

Breeding the Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji in captivity is challenging, and successful breeding attempts are relatively rare. However, if conditions are favourable, it is possible to encourage breeding behaviour and potentially raise the offspring.

  1. Set Up:

To breed Dot Dash Butterflies, a spacious and well-maintained aquarium is required. The aquarium should mimic their natural habitat, including live rock for hiding places and ample swimming space.

  1. Courtship/Spawning:

Courtship and spawning behaviours in the Dot Dash Butterfly are not well-documented. However, it is believed that these fish form monogamous pairs during the breeding season. They may engage in elaborate courtship rituals, including displaying vibrant colours and swimming together in synchronized patterns.

  1. Rearing:

After successful spawning, the eggs of the Dot Dash Butterfly will hatch into larvae, known as fry. Rearing the fry can be challenging, as they have specific dietary and environmental requirements. It is crucial to provide suitable live foods, such as copepods and rotifers, to ensure their proper growth and development. Rearing tanks with appropriate filtration and water quality are essential for their survival.

Sexual Dimorphism:

Sexual dimorphism in the Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji is not prominent, and it can be challenging to distinguish between males and females based on physical characteristics alone. Both sexes exhibit similar colouration and body shape.


The Dot Dash Butterfly, Chaetodon pelewensis, is a naturally occurring species found in the waters around Fiji. It is not known to be a captive-bred or line-bred strain. The original wild fish come from the reefs and lagoons in the Fiji region.


The Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji, Chaetodon pelewensis, is a captivating species native to Fiji. With its unique coloration and graceful swimming, it adds beauty to any marine aquarium. While its reproductive behaviour in the wild is not extensively documented, breeding attempts in captivity can be challenging but rewarding. By providing the right conditions and care, it is possible to observe the courtship, spawning, and rearing of this fascinating fish. However, successful breeding remains relatively rare. As with other butterflyfish species, the Dot Dash Butterfly requires diligent care and attention to thrive in the aquarium environment.

1 review for Dot Dash Butterfly Fiji

  1. Matthew (verified owner)

    Had to wait a while as they were not happy to ship which is totally understandable as the health of the fish come first. Recived today in perfect health and is now happily swimming around my tank. Beautiful fish

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  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
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It’s important to keep in mind that while the store strives to provide efficient delivery services, unforeseen circumstances or external factors could potentially impact delivery times. For further details or specific inquiries about delivery, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
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Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

We can ship livestock to the Isle of Wight, this area is subject to a surcharge.

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Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
  4. Refund of Postage Costs for Replacement: If goods are being returned within 7 days of purchase under the Replacement Policy, the store can refund postage costs. However, the customer needs to agree on a delivery service with the store in advance, and only standard or tracked shipping fees will be refunded. The store cannot refund the cost of any special delivery service.
  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.


If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

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The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.


According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.