Redtail Caribbean Trigger Pair

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Redtail Caribbean Trigger Pair, Xanthichthys ringens

  • Common Name: Redtail Caribbean Trigger Pair
  • Latin Name: Xanthichthys ringens
  • Distribution: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger is a naturally occurring fish found in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. Its distribution includes regions such as the Bahamas, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico. The original wild fish comes from these areas.
  • Max Size: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger can reach a maximum size of approximately 12 inches (30 centimetres).
  • Temperature Range: The recommended temperature range for the Redtail Caribbean Trigger is between 75°F and 82°F (24°C and 28°C).
  • pH Range: The optimal pH range for the Redtail Caribbean Trigger is between 8.1 and 8.4.
  • KH Range: The recommended KH (carbonate hardness) range for the Redtail Caribbean Trigger is between 8 and 12 dKH.
  • Care Level: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger requires a moderate level of care. It is a bit on the delicate side and needs a well-maintained aquarium with proper water parameters.
  • Lighting Preference: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger does not have specific lighting preferences and can adapt to various lighting conditions.
  • Preferred Food: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger is an omnivorous species. Its diet should include a variety of high-quality marine-based foods, such as pellets, flakes, frozen foods, and live foods.
  • Behaviour: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger is known for its bold and aggressive behaviour. It may exhibit territorial tendencies and should be provided with ample swimming space and hiding spots in the aquarium.
  • Suitable for Reef Tanks: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger is generally not recommended for reef tanks due to its potential to nip at corals and other invertebrates. It is best suited for fish-only or aggressive fish community aquariums.
  • Discoverer: The Redtail Caribbean Trigger (Xanthichthys ringens) does not have a specific discoverer associated with its scientific name.
  • Interesting Facts:
  • It belongs to the family Balistidae, which includes other triggerfish species known for their vibrant colours and unique behaviours.

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Redtail Caribbean Trigger Pairs (Xanthichthys ringens) are visually striking fish known for their vibrant colours and unique physical features. They can reach a maximum size of approximately 12 inches (30 centimetres), making it a moderately sized fish suitable for larger aquariums.

The body of the Redtail Caribbean Trigger is oval and laterally compressed. Its body colouration varies, but it typically has a dark bluish-grey base colour adorned with bright spots or lines. The most prominent feature is its striking red or reddish-orange tail, which gives the species its common name. Overall, the Redtail Caribbean Trigger exhibits a captivating and eye-catching appearance that adds beauty to any marine setup.

Taxonomy

The Redtail Caribbean Trigger, scientifically known as Xanthichthys ringens, belongs to the family Balistidae, commonly known as the triggerfish family. This family comprises around 40 species of tropical marine fish characterized by their compressed bodies, small mouths, and powerful jaws. The genus Xanthichthys includes several species of triggerfish, and the Redtail Caribbean Trigger is one of its notable representatives. While triggerfish have some resemblance to pufferfish, they are not closely related. The name “Xanthichthys” is derived from the Greek words “xanthos,” meaning “yellow,” and “ichthys,” meaning “fish,” referring to the yellow colouration observed in some species.

Natural Habitat

In their natural habitat, Redtail Caribbean Trigger Pairs inhabit coral reefs and rocky coastal areas with abundant hiding spots. They are commonly found in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. These fish prefer areas with a mix of coral formations, rocky outcrops, and sandy substrates. They often seek shelter among crevices, caves, or coral branches, where they can retreat and feel secure. The vibrant colours and patterns of the Redtail Caribbean Trigger provide effective camouflage within the reef environment.

Keeping the Redtail Caribbean Trigger Pairs

Redtail Caribbean Trigger pairs require a moderate level of care and attention to ensure its health and well-being. It is recommended for experienced aquarists due to its specific care requirements and potential territorial behaviour. Providing a large aquarium with a minimum capacity of 75 gallons (283 litres) is essential to accommodate their size and swimming needs. The tank should be equipped with ample hiding spots, such as rock formations or artificial caves, to mimic their natural habitat and offer shelter.

Special Requirements and Feeding

The Redtail Caribbean Trigger is an omnivorous species that requires a varied diet to thrive. Their diet should include a combination of high-quality pellets, frozen or live meaty foods like shrimp and squid, as well as marine algae or seaweed. Offering a diverse range of food options helps meet their nutritional needs and prevents dietary deficiencies. It is important to feed them multiple times a day in smaller portions to mimic their natural feeding behaviour.

How Many Should I Keep?

It is recommended to keep only one Redtail Caribbean Trigger pair per tank due to their territorial nature. They may exhibit aggression towards conspecifics and other similarly shaped or coloured fish. Providing ample hiding spots and maintaining suitable space in the aquarium can help mitigate territorial disputes.

Lighting Preference

The Redtail Caribbean Trigger does not have specific lighting preferences. Providing a well-balanced lighting system that simulates natural daylight is generally sufficient.

Suitable Tank Mates

When choosing tank mates for a Redtail Caribbean Trigger Pair, it is important to consider their compatibility. Due to their territorial nature, it is best to avoid keeping them with smaller or timid fish that may become targets of aggression. Suitable tank mates include larger, robust fish that can hold their own and are not easily intimidated.

Reproduction in the Wild

In the wild, the Redtail Caribbean Trigger (Xanthichthys ringens) engages in a fascinating courtship ritual known as the “wiggle dance.” During this courtship display, the male swims in front of the female, shaking his body and vigorously wagging his tail. This behaviour is believed to be a way for the male to attract the attention of the female and establish dominance.

Breeding Xanthichthys ringens

  1. Set up:

Breeding the Redtail Caribbean Trigger in captivity requires careful planning and preparation. A spacious aquarium with a capacity of at least 100 gallons (380 litres) is necessary to provide enough swimming space and accommodate potential offspring. The tank should be well-equipped with hiding spots, live rock, and coral fragments to mimic their natural environment.

  1. Courtship/ Spawning:

To initiate the breeding process, it is important to introduce a compatible male and female pair into the breeding tank. The male will continue to exhibit the wiggle dance as part of the courtship display. Once courtship is successful, the female will release her eggs, and the male will fertilize them externally.

  1. Rearing:

After fertilization, the eggs will adhere to a surface, such as rocks or coral fragments, and hatch within a few days. The larvae are initially transparent and very small. Providing suitable live food options, such as copepods and rotifers, is crucial for their successful development. As they grow, they will undergo various stages of metamorphosis until they resemble miniature versions of the adult fish.

Sexual Dimorphism

Sexual dimorphism in the Redtail Caribbean Trigger is not strongly pronounced. Both males and females possess similar body shapes and colouration, displaying the species’ characteristic vibrant markings and the prominent red or reddish-orange tail.

Distribution

Redtail Caribbean Trigger pairs naturally occur in the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic Ocean. Their distribution includes regions such as the Bahamas, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico. While there may be captive-bred line bred strains of the Redtail Caribbean Trigger available, the original fish is derived from wild populations in its native range.

Summary

The Redtail Caribbean Trigger (Xanthichthys ringens) is a visually captivating fish with its striking colouration and unique physical features. It can reach a maximum size of approximately 12 inches (30 centimetres) and requires a moderate level of care in captivity. Their natural habitat consists of coral reefs and rocky coastal areas, where they seek shelter among crevices and caves. Breeding the Redtail Caribbean Trigger involves providing a suitable breeding setup, observing courtship rituals, and rearing the offspring with appropriate live food. While they exhibit some territorial behaviour, they can coexist with compatible tank mates. The Redtail Caribbean Trigger is a captivating addition to marine aquariums, showcasing its vibrant beauty and intriguing behaviour.

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  1. Dispatch Timeframe: Orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same day. Orders placed after 2pm will be dispatched on the next working day.
  2. Delivery Date and Time Guarantee: While the store aims to dispatch orders promptly, they cannot guarantee a specific delivery date and time. As the delivery process relies on couriers, there may be factors beyond their control that could affect the delivery timeframe.
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It’s important to keep in mind that while the store strives to provide efficient delivery services, unforeseen circumstances or external factors could potentially impact delivery times. For further details or specific inquiries about delivery, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Livestock Delivery.

The store maintains specific policies regarding the delivery of livestock. Here are the key points:

  1. Licensed Livestock Courier: The store exclusively uses a licensed livestock courier for shipping fish and coral. This approach is chosen to ensure responsible and ethical transportation of the livestock.
  2. Livestock Shipping Fee: The livestock shipping fee charged to customers of £19.99 does not cover the true cost, and therefore, there is a minimum spend requirement of £30.00 before the option for livestock shipping becomes available.
  3. Pre-Arranged Delivery: The store never ships livestock without first arranging a suitable delivery day. Before dispatching the livestock, the store must confirm the agreed-upon delivery day with the customer.
  4. Saturday Delivery Confirmation: Customers who choose Saturday delivery must have their availability confirmed for the upcoming Saturday before the store sends out the livestock. This confirmation ensures that the livestock can be received promptly.
  5. Failure to wait for livestock: Not waiting for livestock, even if there is a reasonable delay, or cancelling an order after it has been dispatched will lead to you incurring charges for an emergency return to the base. Additionally, any losses of livestock will also be charged to you. Please be aware that the items you are ordering are living creatures – livestock. We kindly ask that you refrain from ordering livestock if you are unable to accommodate the possibility of a delayed delivery.

    These terms and conditions are a fundamental aspect of our policy. Our primary goal is to dissuade individuals who could react negatively to a delayed delivery and subsequently request order cancellations. It is of utmost importance to underscore that your order pertains to living creatures, not mere inanimate objects. In the event of an occasional delay, it is crucial that you respond in a rational and responsible manner, taking into account the welfare of the livestock. We kindly request that you refrain from placing an order for livestock if you tend to react strongly to such situations. By proceeding with the order of livestock, you indicate your acceptance and agreement to abide by these specified terms and conditions.

  6. Signature Requirement: Livestock deliveries require a signature upon receipt and cannot be left in a safe location. This precaution ensures proper handling and the well-being of the livestock.
  7. Geographic Restrictions: The courier has strict geographic restrictions for livestock deliveries. Unfortunately, deliveries to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Isles of Scilly, Channel Islands, and certain Scottish offshore postcodes may not be possible. Customers are encouraged to contact the store via email to confirm if livestock delivery is available in their area.
  8. Minimum Order Value and Order Cancellations: The store has a minimum order value of £30 for livestock shipping. Additionally, the store reserves the right to cancel orders that are deemed high-risk or involve a high number of single tropical freshwater fish species.

It is essential for customers to familiarize themselves with these policies before making a purchase. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or reach out to the store directly for clarification.

Livestock Geographical Exemptions.

The store has specific geographical exemptions for livestock deliveries. Here is a list of the areas and postcodes where livestock delivery is not available:

  1. Islands: Livestock cannot be delivered to the Shetlands, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man.
  2. Postcodes: Livestock delivery is not available to the following postcodes:
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Customers residing in these areas should be aware that livestock delivery is not available to their location.

We can ship livestock to the Isle of Wight, this area is subject to a surcharge.

For further information or specific inquiries about livestock delivery to a particular area, customers are advised to contact the store directly for clarification.

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According to the store’s policy, customers have the right to cancel an order within 14 working days of receiving the goods. To initiate the cancellation, the goods must be returned to the store in new and unused condition, adhering to their Returns Policy.

Important points regarding the return process are as follows:

  1. Return Condition: The goods must be returned in new and unused condition, as originally received. It is important to ensure that the goods are in the same condition as when they were sent out.
  2. Return Timeframe: The goods must be received by the store within 21 days of notifying them about the cancellation. During this time, customers are responsible for any loss or damage that may occur during the return shipping process.
  3. Refund Process: Once the store receives the goods in new and unused condition, they will initiate the refund process. The purchase price will be refunded to the customer.
  4. Return Condition Inspection: If the returned goods arrive in a condition that is less than what they were sent out in, the store reserves the right to return the goods to the customer, and no refund will be processed.

It is essential for customers to carefully review the store’s Returns Policy and follow the specified procedures to ensure a smooth and successful return and refund process. For more detailed information or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Returns.

According to the store’s return policy, the following guidelines should be followed for returning goods:

  1. Use Returns Form: Customers need to use the store’s provided returns form to initiate the return process. This form helps the store acknowledge that the goods are being sent back.
  2. Return for Testing: If the goods are being returned for testing, the customer is responsible for covering the return shipping expenses.
  3. Refund of Postage Fees: The store will only refund postage fees if the order arrives damaged or becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of purchase. Proof of posting is important, and customers should ensure the goods are well-packed and obtain proof of posting as the goods remain their responsibility until received by the store.
  4. Refund of Postage Costs for Replacement: If goods are being returned within 7 days of purchase under the Replacement Policy, the store can refund postage costs. However, the customer needs to agree on a delivery service with the store in advance, and only standard or tracked shipping fees will be refunded. The store cannot refund the cost of any special delivery service.
  5. Non-Refundable Postage: Postage costs for goods returned for any other reason than those mentioned above are non-refundable. The store reserves the right to deduct the original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Mistaken Purchases: If a customer has made a mistake in their purchase, they need to return the goods to the store. The customer is responsible for the return shipping costs in such cases.

It is important for customers to carefully follow the store’s return procedures and terms and conditions. For further details or specific inquiries, customers should refer to the store’s website or contact the store directly.

Replacements

If customers receive faulty goods, the following guidelines apply according to the store’s policy:

  1. Notification of Faulty Goods: Customers must notify the store within 7 working days if they receive faulty goods. This notification should be made as soon as possible.
  2. Replacement Parts: If possible, the store will dispatch replacement parts for the faulty goods.
  3. Return of Goods: If replacement parts are not possible, the store may request customers to return the faulty goods in accordance with their Returns Policy. The specific return procedures and conditions should be followed.
  4. Verification of Damage: Once the store receives the returned goods, they will verify the damage. If the damage is confirmed, the store will supply the required replacements.
  5. Return Postage Costs: If the goods returned to the store are found to be in good working order, the store is not able to refund the return postage costs. Additionally, the store reserves the right to deduct their original postage cost from any applicable refund.
  6. Consequential Loss or Damage: The store cannot take responsibility for any consequential loss or damage that arises directly or indirectly from the goods supplied.

Customers should carefully review and adhere to the store’s Returns Policy and procedures for returning faulty goods. For further clarification or specific inquiries, customers should consult the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Manufacturer’s Guarantees

The store works in collaboration with manufacturers to ensure that their guarantees are honored, and they make their best efforts to resolve issues within the warranty period. The following guidelines apply to refunds and replacements:

  1. Postage Costs under Manufacturer’s Guarantee: Postage costs can only be refunded if the goods are returned to the store within 7 days of the original purchase, as per the manufacturer’s guarantee.
  2. Refund of Postage Costs for Faulty Goods: The store will refund postage costs for guarantee/warranty returns only if the product becomes faulty within the first 4 weeks of receipt.
  3. Replacements with Manufacturer Authorization: Replacements, whether parts or goods, can only be offered when authorized by the manufacturer. Customers should contact the store for further guidance in such cases.
  4. Prior Approval for Returns: Goods should not be returned to the store without prior approval. Customers need to contact the store and obtain approval before returning any items.
  5. Replacement of Glass or Ceramic Items: Glass or ceramic items can only be replaced if the store is notified within 48 hours of receiving the delivery.
  6. Replacement of Glass Bulbs/Tubes: Glass bulbs or tubes can only be replaced if they become faulty within 14 days.

Customers should note and adhere to these guidelines to ensure a smooth and efficient resolution of any issues with their purchased items. For specific inquiries or further information, customers are advised to refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.

Breakages

According to the store’s policy, customers have the following responsibilities regarding breakages:

  1. Checking Goods on Arrival: It is the customer’s responsibility to thoroughly check the goods upon arrival for any damage. This should be done before signing for the parcel. If the parcel appears damaged, it is advised not to sign for it.
  2. Reporting Breakages: Any breakages or damages must be reported to the store within 48 hours of receiving the goods. It is important to promptly notify the store to initiate the resolution process.

By carefully inspecting the goods upon arrival and reporting any breakages within the specified timeframe, customers can ensure that appropriate actions are taken to address the issue. For specific instructions on reporting breakages or further information, customers should refer to the store’s terms and conditions or contact the store directly.