Originally Posted by lando
Please also take into account that the copperband is a very difficult fish to keep. Finding one that readily accepts prepared foods is very hard.
I know a few here have had good luck with their Copperband's. I have had 3, None of them lasted more then 1.5 months. They are beautiful and smart fish though. I never had any real problems getting them to eat, All of mine ate within a few days. I fed Blood Worms, Mysis Shrimp, and Brine Shrimp. They Do Get Ich when stressed, so QT is a MUST.
That said, Its worth mentioning that Long Nose Butterfly are also known to be reef safe. As mentioned you take a chance with any of them, but The Long Nose and Copperband are less of a risk.
The Long Nose is far easier to keep than the Copperband, is every bit as neat of a fish, and are usually cheaper as well. Long Nose's are also alot less likely to get Ich, and are more hardy then the Copperband.
I just Purchased a Long Nose for my tank, and have been very happy with him so far. As Lando mentioned, He wiped out my small feather dusters over night, But has never even tried to pick at my corals, As a matter of fact he ate a couple of aptasia's out of my star polyp's but didn't even disrupt the polyps at all.