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The Butterfly Tail is one of a number of fancy goldfish varieties best viewed from above rather than side-on: it’s beautiful symmetrical tail can then be fully appreciated. Suitable for indoor tanks or bowls, and also outdoors (but provide protection from predators such as birds and cats!). Coburg Aquarium in Australia stocks a variety of  Live Fish.

Features of Butterfly Tail Goldfish:

  • Their broad-lobed tail that spreads out to resemble a butterfly’s wings
  • Body is stocky and deep, with the characteristic egg shape
  • Come in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Enjoy being kept in groups of other fancy goldfish


The Best Aquarium Size for Butterfly Tail Goldfish:

A mature Butterfly goldfish require a standard rectangular tank of at least 75L. Keep in mind that tank size can vary greatly depending on how big or small the goldfish is and how many you plan to stock in the tank. The bigger tank is better for the health of your fish, but you can also start with a nano tank for a small goldfish.

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Ranchus are very peaceful community dwellers. The only real challenge is finding fish that won’t bully them and enjoy cooler temperatures as well. 

Great tank mates for Butterfly Tail Goldfish include:

 Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish.

Feeding :

Packed food like Hikari fancy goldfish pellets, Vitalis Goldfish Pellets, Fluval Bug Bites Goldfish Flakes can give Butterfly Tail Goldfish the variety omnivorous fish need. Live insects that sink to the bottom are also good, as are live or frozen goldfish food, brine shrimp and Daphnia, or common water fleas. In Coburg Aquarium online, we stock a variety high quality godfish food for your choice.

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Butterfly Tail Fish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

They require a heavily filtered tank as butterfly goldfish produce a high amount of waste that increases the bioload of their tank. A filtration system is absolutely necessary.

Plants for Butterfly Tail

Plants are beneficial in helping to maintain good water quality and adding enrichment to a fish’s diet. Butterfly Tail will most likely consume soft edible plants, however, you can choose thick-leaved plants that are hard to nibble on.

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Decorations for Butterfly Tail Goldfish

Ideal Ornaments for your Goldfish tank:

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Artificial lighting is optional if Butterfly Tail Goldfish can't receive a decent amount of light. They need a day and night cycle as well, make sure they have an 8 to 12-hour period of darkness to rest.


Sand is ideal for Butterfly Tail Goldfish

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.

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colyn H.
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Butterfly goldfish

Excellent communication the goldfish were well packed and arrived in great condition!