The Pinnatus Batfish is a thing of beauty and a luxury to have in your aquarium but strangely difficult to keep in a home aquarium. Known by the scientific name Platax Pinnatus, it is a very unique species, distinctively known for its solid black/brown body, round wings and a striking Orange lining.
Commonly known as Dusky Batfish or Red-Faced Batfish due to its color, not only are these fish incredibly beautiful in their appearance but alluring in the way they swim across the fish tank in Slow-Motion. As these fish can grow up to 18 inches, it is suggested to keep them in aquariums of capacity 300 gallons or higher. This would allow them to swim freely in the tank without many difficulties. Because they are so difficult to keep, the amazing Pinnatus Batfish is recommended for expert aquarium hobbyists only.
Though difficult to take care in captivity, the beautiful Orange-tipped Batfish is generally known to be peaceful in nature. Even though being a marine water species, they do not do well in reef aquariums as they tend to eat invertebrates like anemones and corals. This species is also very susceptible to marine ich, so it is essential to institute a thorough quarantine period before introducing one of them into your tank. In regards of the tank itself, it should provide a clear, unobstructed room to swim and diverse choices of live foods to choose from. Feeding habits of the Dark Batfish are one of the major reasons for it to be difficult to keep in captivity.
The amazing Pinnatus Batfish tends to be the star of the aquarium, due to its immense depth of colors and striking beauty but this stardom is usually short lived, many of them die within a few days or weeks while many others last less than hours in captivity. This species is also vulnerable to stresses of shipping and transport and hence their mortality rate is much higher than other species of Batfish. The tank-bred specimens of the species are becoming more and more available but they are not common in any manner whatsoever.
The Dusky Pinnatus Batfish is native to the western tropical region of the Pacific Ocean. They are the most common in Australia but can also be found off the Welsh coast.
These fish tend to live in the inshore areas and coral reefs, hiding under Rocky outcroppings at the edges of the reef. Crustaceans, jellyfish, zooplanktons are the major components of its food habits but a recent research at James Cook University shows that seaweed and algae maintain essential metabolic processes.
Thanks to this discovery, it is now possible for aquarium hobbyists to provide for nutritional needs of their Batfish and increase their lifespan.
If you are looking forward to have a Pinnatus Batfish in your aquarium, make sure to take care of the specific food requirements like shrimp, crustaceans and zooplankton. Algae and seaweed in proper proportion are essential to complete this diet. It is only if you can provide for the basic needs of your fish, that they will survive.