Native to the Indo-Pacific Oceans, it can be confused with its "cousin," the Red Sea Raccoon. The difference is in the tails. This fish has a yellow tail with a line of black at the very end and a black peduncle. The Red Sea has orange and yellow alternating stripes, with a black band on the end, and no peduncle. A very hardy fish, it is a good choice for eating pesky aiptasia anemones in a reef tank. A difficult eater in captivity who needs time and patience.
Size: sm. 1 1/2"-2"; med. 2"-3"; lg. 3"-4"; xl. 4"-6"
Tank: min.80 gallon
Food: (Carnivore) A difficult, picky eater who, when feeling threatened, will refuse to eat. May have to tempt with small anemones until eating. Then a varied diet of crustacean flesh, mysid shrimp and frozen preparations are appropriate. Feed several times a day.
Adaptation: Needs plenty of hiding places and room to swim. May not eat properly until acclimated. The medium sized fish acclimate much better than the smaller fish.
Compatibility: Not a reef fish. It will eat coral polyps and invertebrates. Needs a fish only, community tank with other butterflyfish and peaceful tank-mates.