Redtail Butterflyfish (Chaetodon collare)

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Redtail Butterflyfish

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Redtail Butterflyfish

Chaetodon collare

473 Litres (125 US G.)

14-17.8cm (5.5-7 ")


8.2 - 8.5

22.2-23.9°C (72 -75 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years



Additional names

Redtail Butterflyfish, Pakistan Butterflyfish, Red-tailed Butterflyfish, Collare Butterflyfish, Pakistani Butterflyfish

Additional scientific names

Chaetodon viridis, Chaetodon praetextatus, Chaetodon parallelus, Chaetodon collare duplicicollis, Chaetodon fowleri

Origin[edit | edit source]

Indo-West Pacific: Persian Gulf and Maldives to Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Ideally best kept in a fish-only set up as this fish will nip at corals, anemones and invertebrates. Can be kept in a pair as long as both fish introduced at once, or kept singly. Otherwise generally peaceful with tankmates, but do not keep with very small fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most meaty foods including shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed two or three times a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide this fish with as much open swimming space as possible as it can be quite active.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A distinctive Butterflyfish which is the typical disc Butterflyfish shape. The flanks are a rich brown/black in colour with lighter coloured scales. Just before the eyes and in front of the gill plates there is a thick white vertical band, and two smaller white bands on the snout. The small caudal fin is vivid orange-red in colour which is edged with a black band.

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