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Old 01-10-2009, 05:08 PM   #1
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nippin butterflies

will butterflies nip at all corals or only a certain few like mushroom and zoos, etc.? if only a certain few... what few?
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Depends on the type of butterfly you are looking at....
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IME they are not reef safe. They love to nip at polyps and fleshy corals. As with all fish your milage will vary. I know most online places say the are not reef safe. JME
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Most of the time the long nose species are considered reef safe with caution. The other butterflies will surely feed on stony coral polyps and can nip at LPS as well.

I have a copper banded butterfly in my reef and he is a model citizen. He will even eat out of my hand.
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How long have you had him Allen?
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about 6 months I guess...There is always a chance that any fish that is "with caution" reef safe to turn on corals. So far so good on my end.
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Good for you Allen, mine lasted a little over 6 months, but I couldn't get him to eat prepared food. What do you feed him?
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Mine eats mysis. Started eating the day I put him in the tank. He will actually eat right out of my hand.
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Oh...btw I just went back and checked, I got the CBB in May. So I have had him for about 8 months.
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Congrats! Mine seemd to have an aiptasia/feather duster only diet.
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