Redtail Triggerfish

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Redtail Triggerfish

This fish is known as Redtail Triggerfish and the correct latin name is Xanthichthys mento. It belongs to the Triggers family. (e) Origin of this species is Western Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

An aggressive species.

Redtail Triggerfish can grow up to 30 cm what is approximately 11 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 3600cm2 of water surface which is approximately 558 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are large. (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 easy to keep the Redtail Triggerfish. (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.

A carnivore. They eat small fish, shrimps, squids.

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

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