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Old 11-04-2005, 10:12 PM   #1
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Copperband picked at brain coral?

I hope he was just curious. Any ideas? I know he cleaned out my feather dusters but I knew that would happen. If he does it more there will be a copperband for sale. I just got him were he will eat anything too. Even flake.
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Old 11-04-2005, 11:08 PM   #2
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They are generally considered to be "polyp pickers" although I have saw a few people w/ them in reefs. They are not considered "reef safe".
"The Copperband Butterfly is also known to pick at most Large Polyp Stony coral polyps, Feather Dusters and Fanworms as food." -from marinedepotlive.com HTH
Edit-I see your other post about things slowing down- you have not even started :P
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Old 11-04-2005, 11:10 PM   #3
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Our tangs will occassionally "pick" at our brain but they don't do it any harm. Annoy it a tad, but for the most part they get along happily. Think of it as a cleaning Hopefully that's all your CBB is doing.
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Old 11-04-2005, 11:16 PM   #4
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I hope he is just nosey. He has not touched the zoos, buttons, etc He did take a bite of the xenia but has not bothered it since. He immediately got fed some bloodworms after he did it.
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I had to return mine, he did the same with one of my brains and ate a couple of polyps from my Turbinaria, he had to go, it was beautiful but I don't like fishes that mess with my corals, even though I love fishes. If he aquires the taste for corals there will be no going back, it will always pick on those corals and they will perish with time. Its really a 50/50 chance on these guys but I got the 50% I didn't want to ... If you like LPS then you might consider returning it, if you don't mind the Copperband to picking on them keep it...
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my tangs did in my brain coral...picked at it to its final demise.
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Hey...at least its eating :P
Keep an eye on it. Mine cleaned out my feather dusters but has not touched anything else. You may have a "bad seed".
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He has not bothered it since so hopefully he was just checking it out.
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