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Old 11-12-2010, 02:30 AM   #1
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copper banded butterfly and advice on feeding it

I just got copper butterfly a few hours ago and would like some advice about feeding them.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:27 AM   #2
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You really should research livestock before buying and putting it in your tank. Hopefully you have this in a quarantine tank for a month before placing it into the display tank.

Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus)
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful Reef Compatible: With Caution Max. Size: 8"

It is best housed in very large reefs, or in peaceful community tanks. It should be kept singly, not with conspecifics or similar butterflyfish, and should not be kept with any stress-inducing fish. Caution should be exercised if housing these fish in a reef aquarium. They may pick on invertebrates, especially anemones and feather dusters.

The Copperband Butterflyfish is a difficult fish to feed; it is a shy and deliberate feeder that may need a variety of foods offered to it in order to start feeding.
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definitely difficult to feed. try some blood worms.
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Ya I knew they were hard to feed. I've got mysis shrimp, green algea and some frozen stuff with lots of algea, oyster, clam, things like that. He seems to want that but its hard to keep the clownfish away from it.
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and no I do not have a quarantine tank unfortuantly.
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They are Finicky eaters but try feeding Rods first. I've have 3 and they started eating Rod's Food right away- Then I got them to eat Mysis most of the time but they ate both which they were Fat and Healthy.
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I have hard time getting it to him.
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Rods Food may be a good bet. I use it twice a week for my tank and everyone loves it.
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what about clams? live or not.
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To be honest, the best food to feed fish right off the bat, that I've found, and especially difficult animals are live brine shrimp enriched with spirulina. I've yet to see a fish not gobble these down within 48hrs. Eventually you can mix prepared food into the live brine to convert it over.
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