- Apr 16, 2020
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It was just a general warning for anyone not familiar with various butterflies and how many specialist feeders there are within the genus that won't survive well in captivity. Angelfish I feel there aren't so many hurdles and problematic fish, but definitely a family worth researching each species well before purchasing more so than many other fish.
The original sentiment behind this list was to prevent unnecessary death, not all deaths. Think of this list as mitigation for lessening the hobby's impact on the fish we love. Also keep in mind that this list was compiled a long long time ago, it was actually used in an article by a well known author around the year 2000. I've edited and modified it through the years as the hobby and out understanding of fish and corals has evolved, but it's probably overdue for some more refinement. For instance, Anampses wrasses still seem to struggle with collection stress and handling issues and have low survival rates, but if you get a good specimen in the right environment they're super hardy.
However, when this list was compiled those survival rates were dismal; 9 in 10 probably died before they even made it to a person's tank. Them being on the list now serves to just inform people that they're more sensitive and you better know what you're doing, or it probably won't go well.
Pinnatus batfish were on the list of dying just from being shipped, plus very little was known about how to care for them.
Big strides have been made in this hobby and now a lot more of the harder to keep fish are able to be kept or are making headway in captive breeding programs.