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Pinnatus Batfish

The Pinnatus Batfish, is a type of saltwater fish which are named in the scientific community as Platax. It has been referred to by several common names such as: Dusky Batfish and/or Firebird fish. They can grow up to 10 cm in captivity.

The base color of the pinnatus batfish is deep black with orange lines along the outer body, which is why it is one of the most sought out fishes for enriching every fish keepers’ aquariums. But it is not as easy to keep in captivity as are most fish.

They have a flat, disk-shaped body with big dorsal fins, so when they grow into adults they gain a triangle-like shape. If you get the pinnatus batfish as a juvenile, don’t be disappointed if it loses its black coloring, that’s a part of their adulthood.

Pinnatus Batfish has origins from the Pacific Ocean western tropics. It is also found in the Ryuku islands of Australia. The waters of central Western Australia, northern regions, and south coast of New South Wales are natural habitats for these fishes.

Adult Pinnatus like to inhabit coral reefs and inshore waters. They generally live alone and remain under rocky overhangs on the outside edges of coral reefs. These fishes even reside at a depth of 20 meters.

The lifespan of Pinnatus Batfish can range from 5 to 12 years. They remain active throughout their life but become sluggish a brief time before they die. Occasionally, these species live for a few months or weeks. Unfortunately, most P. Pinnatus do not live longer due to bad shipping.

Moreover, if the tank mates are not that friendly, then these fishes do not last long. But if you provide proper tank condition, tank landscape, and the right feeding, your fish can easily live for at least five years.

Don’t be alarmed if your pinnatus batfish is hiding in a cave or just standing still in a corner during the day, they are night swimmers, moving around the tank freely during the night. If living within a fish community, you will notice it chasing other fish from the food when it’s feeding time.

The fact that the pinnatus batfish is feeding on corals and anemones is the biggest problem for keeping them in a reef aquarium. Even if you place defenses for the corals and anemones like crabs, it would be useless as the pinnatus batfish is quite clever and fast, so it can outmaneuver them with great ease.

Pinnatus Batfish is one of the peaceful and slow-moving fish species. They are social and can get along with other fish in the same environment. As they have a peaceful nature, they are mostly targeted by aggressive species, and you should not keep them with such fish.

These fish are a vulnerable target for predators like triggerfish, and if juvenile fish remain with them, they will die within days. Also, you should not keep your Pinnatus Batfish with Red Tail Shark, Tiger Barb, Afer Knife, or Jaguar Cichlid. Finally, while keeping fish in the tank, make sure that it is not housed with corals or small invertebrates as they feed on them.