This gorgeous fish has a rich brown body with darker brown scale markings, giving it a vertical line appearance. There are two white bands, one right behind the eyes and the other just past the head. A band of light blue lies behind the eyes and the face is the same shade of blue. The caudal tail is red with a band of brown outlining the end of the tail. This is a tough fish, sometimes called a Redtail, Milliseed, Pakistan and Collare Butterflyfish. Native to the Indian Ocean, it will clean glass anemones off of live rock.
Size: 3" to 4"
No. in Tank: Best kept in pairs.
Tank: min. 60 gallon
Food: (Omnivore) It eats stony corals and other invertebrates in the wild. In the tank, it needs a varied diet that includes marine fish, crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp, brine shrimp and frozen preparations. Feed several times a day.
Adaptability: If it senses any threats when first added, some will acclimate, others may not. Once acclimated, it is usually able to defend itself against these threats. Needs lots of hiding places and room to swim.
Compatibility: No aggressive fish; may not acclimate. Use caution if adding to a reef aquarium. This fish may nip at sessile invertebrates growing on live rock. Always does best when kept in pairs.