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Old 03-24-2011, 05:11 PM   #1
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Quick question on butterflys

I was just wondering if a raccoon butterfly could ever work in a 45 gallon tank? If not would any other easyish butterflys work?
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:41 PM   #2
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I don't plan on a reef if I do get one by the way, although I suppose that was obvious..
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:48 PM   #3
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I wouldn't. They need a tank much larger than 50 gallons. Healthy specimens get to be about 8". That wouldn't mix well with a 45G aquarium. If you really wanted one, i would say 60 gallons is your absolute minimum. Plus, they can be a little hard to feed at first, and being stressed by a small tank will only work against you getting it to eat.

Sorry, but i would consider a different fish. Just my opinion though.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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Double saddle butterfly? They stay smaller I read, around 6 inches
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Yeah, i would go with one of those rather then the raccoon. Definitely.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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Yes for second best!!! Thanks a bunch for the help and quick response
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No problem. Let us know if you have anymore questions. And let us know when you get the fish.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:11 PM   #8
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Sure thing....and you don't happen to know if coral catfish would also be too big? I'm assuming they would but thought I'd check....
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Spines are extremely poisonous and it grows to be about 13". I would skip that if i were you lol.

AND is a sand sifter. So unless you have a live sandbed to support its feeding habits, and a large one at that, i would again, pick a different fish lol.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:21 PM   #10
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Yikes! You had me at poisonous spines!  but what would you suggest as a heavy sand sifter? I'm lacking one on my list of fishies..
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