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Orbiculate Batfish (Platax orbicularis)


The Orbiculate Batfish or Platax orbicularis is an odd shaped saltwater fish that can be kept in an aquarium under the right conditions. Also known as the Round Batfish, Orbic Platax and the Orbic Batfish this fish has a round body accompanied by HUGE rounded fins that make this fish a great addition to any large aquarium of at least 180 gallons. This species of Batfish thrives in the following water conditions, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025. Despite their intimidating look, the Orbiculate Batfish is very peaceful and will not harass other tankmates. Just be sure not to put them in with Puffer Fish or Triggerfish as they will nip the fins of this Batfish.  You can check out this fish in an aquarium in the video below.


Reach almost 2 feet long, these fish are omnivores that should be fed feeder shrimp, scallops, snails, crabs, brine shrimp and frozen herbivore food. Feeding the Orbiculate Batfish three times a day is highly recommended. Be careful, like some Batfish they are susceptible to ich.  If you have any additional information about the Orbiculate Batfish please leave us a comment below.

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