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Old 02-21-2007, 07:14 PM   #1
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Long Nose butterfly better than Copper Banded Butterfly?

Hey all,

I wanted to find out if the Long Nose Butterfly is any better than the copper banded butterfly, as for survivability?

There have been 3 fish that I have wanted from the beginning of starting this hobby. #1 Copper Banded Butterfly, #2 Powder Blue Tank, #3 Long Nose Butterfly.

After 3 unsuccessfull attempts at the Copper Banded Butterfly, I began looking at the Powder Blue Tang, and from what i've read, they are just like the Copper Banded, almost impossible to keep alive.

I started looking more at the Long Nose Butterfly, and haven't found much bad said about them. So I thought I'd ask?

It seams most of the fish the LFS order are known not to survive, Which makes me question the LFS's. But The Long nose is also available at many LFS's so I thought i'd get some input first.

I do have a reef tank with LR, and Soft corals. Mostly polyps. The things I read about the long nose said they could pick at polyps but no one reported this problem.

I also read the the Long Nose Butterfly's will eat Aiptasia, which would be nice. I had 2 Aiptasia's in my tank, which I purchased Joes Juice, But The just keep coming back, and every time they come back, they bring fiends. So a natural way of ridding them would be nice.

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Hi melosu,

Thanks for the links. I frequent LiveAquaria, But I did read the info at fantasyreef. What exactly does "Eats Inverts" Mean?

I am not sure what exactly you are saying with those 2 links!? Good or bad choice?

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Keep in mind a 55 gal is going to be small for both a long nose butterfly and/or PB tang.
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I had 2 Aiptasia's in my tank, ...they come back, they bring fiends. So a natural way of ridding them would be nice.
FWIW peppermint shrimp have worked well for me, if your interested in keeping inverts.
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What exactly does "Eats Inverts" Mean?
Usually means it eats pods and/or ornamental shrimp, crabs etc.
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Keep in mind a 55 gal is going to be small for both a long nose butterfly and/or PB tang.
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I had 2 Aiptasia's in my tank, ...they come back, they bring fiends. So a natural way of ridding them would be nice.
FWIW peppermint shrimp have worked well for me, if your interested in keeping inverts.
Yeah, This 55g Tank is going to be upgraded to a 125 or bigger next year. We are in the process of finding land to build a home on, where we will build an in-wall tank.

I always buy my fish small. I like to watch them grow, and by the time they are full size the'll be in bigger tanks. My clowns have only grown maybe 1/8-1/4" in 1.5 years. So they are now only about 1"-1 1/4"

I want to get a pepermint shrimp, but the LFS's only ever have small ones, and I already have 2 Full size shrimp (Skunk cleaner, and Red Fire Shrimp), I am worried if I buy a small Pepermint shrimp, the other 2 will kill him before he gets big.

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The forceps fish, is hardy, *IF* *IF* *IF*, you can get it to eat. Make sure that you see the fish eating at the store. Not picking off the rocks, but eating food they give it. That is also the same situation with the Copperband Butterfly.

Eats inverts, in that case, means it will nip corals and tube worms.
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The forceps fish, is hardy, *IF* *IF* *IF*, you can get it to eat. Make sure that you see the fish eating at the store. Not picking off the rocks, but eating food they give it. That is also the same situation with the Copperband Butterfly.

Eats inverts, in that case, means it will nip corals and tube worms.

The Copperband is just plain impossible to keep. All 3 of the one's I had Ate just fine. But they all died. No reason, Just died. They were all eating, 2 out of 3 of them had Ich but were cured showing no signs for a couple of weeks, come home from work one day, and they die. Not showing any signs as to why.

Fantasy Reef says nips at corals: No Eats inverts: yes

I am guessing inverts in this case means feather dusters..

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I agree with Hara...make the LFS feed the fish...heck put a deposit on the fish and have them keep it for a while....see how it does....a lot of the time fish come in and are gone before the LFS really has a chance to see how they act and react.
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The copperband is NOT impossible to keep..I have had mine over a year. Lando had his for a long time, lost it just recently due to the tank leak.
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