Redtail Butterflyfish

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Redtail Butterflyfish

This marine aquarium fish is known as Redtail Butterflyfish and the correct latin name is Chaetodon collare. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Butterfly Fish family. (e) Origin of this species is Indo-West Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

A peaceful fish.

Redtail Butterflyfish can grow up to 18 cm what is approximately 7 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 2160cm2 of water surface which is approximately 334 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are medium. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Capacity of very large aquariums is at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Redtail Butterflyfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

Chaetodon Collare lives in pairs in the nature, or they live in groups, but in aquarium it may become aggressive towards other fish. After all it is usually kept in pairs or in shoals.

This Butterfly is a carnivore and it will eat smaller fish, shrimps, some meaty preparations and coral polyps.

Redtail Butterflyfish picture

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

Redtail Butterflyfish, picture no. 2

Redtail Butterflyfish, picture no. 3

Redtail Butterflyfish, picture no. 4



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