Adding a copperband butterfly

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  1. lou dog420

    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I would like to add a copperband butterfly to my reef to control aptasia. I have read that they are pretty hard to keep and considered to be a delicate fish. Below is my current inhabitants, that are all well established. Do you guys think I could successfully add one to my system??

    1 yellow tang
    1 mandarin dragnet
    1 magenta dottyback
    1 blue sapphire damsel
    2 clowns
    3 lyretail anthias
    1 cleaner shrimp
    It is a 100 gallon mixed reef, thanks in advance for your input.
     
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    Paul B Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    It depends on what you are planning to feed him.
     
  3. lou dog420

    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Well for starters i was hoping it would knock down some of this aptasia. I read that people have had good success feeding them live black worms, what would you suggest?? I guess I'm really more concerned with the current inhabitants stressing it to death.
     
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    Paul B Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Blackworms are the best, those and clams, that is al it needs. "If" it eats your aiptasia (some do some don't) it will eat all of them in a day or two as aiptasia are almost all water and not much nutrition but one of the things copperbands eat.
    I have been keeping them since the 70s and worms and clams is the best diet for them, and the rest of your fish.
    Your fish should get along fine although the yellow tang and him may disagree a little at first.

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  5. lou dog420

    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    That's a beautiful fish Paul, and thank you very much for your input. I like to think my approach to reef keeping is much like yours. My system is far from sterile or clean. I put a lot of focus on the beginning of the food chain and it seems to have paid off. My fish have vibrant beautiful colors and seem to be very healthy. My system is loaded with amphipods copepods,sponges, and little feather dusters. And offcourse aptasia! ! Lol , thanks again Paul!
     
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    Paul B Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Reef Spotlight Award Build Thread Contributor Article Contributor

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    Sounds like a good plan. Keep up the great work. :D
     
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    [​IMG]My Copperband loves this, Also eats Aiptasia.
     
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    Your feather dusters are going to be a thing of the past
     
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    The copperband will most likely clean out the feather dusters. Be sure to make sure it's eating good at the store before buying, many don't. You'll need to start with a good specimen.

    The Yellow Tang might harasse it in the beginning, mine never did. Mine ate all frozen foods, but took handfeeding of live blackworms to fatten him up.
     
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    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Awesome thanks!! I actually have a few packs of that in the freezer.
     
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    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    I'm good with that actually. Them suckers are everywhere! ! Those and pineapple sponges.
     
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    the sponges are not even touched. gotta take the good with the bad
     
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    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Yea the yellow does usually seem to give the new guys a hard time, he seems to give up after a day or two though.
     
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    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Thanks everyone for the input, now I just gotta wait for one of my two local stores to get one in stock.
     
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    I too want to eventually get a Copperband. Those that have them and feed clams how often do you offer them a clam? Also, please forgive my ignorance on this, but where do you get live black worms from and how do you store the ones that you haven't fed to your Copperband yet?
     
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    I would QT this fish if I were you. This fish is very susceptible to diseases such as Ich,Velvet, and flukes. I would hate to see that spread to your tank. Also as stated above make sure you see this fish eat. They are known to be picky eaters. Another thing I want to tell you is it is about a 50/50 shot that he will eat aptasia. I know multiple CBB that do NOT eat aptasia. Another point as I read above is the yellow tang will harass for the first few days but also as stated above that should be done after a few days. Wish you luck! If you have any questions about disease I will tag @Humblefish and @eatbreakfast can answer any additional questions regarding behavior of the CBB
     
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    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Good info, thanks!
     
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    lou dog420 Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Unfortunately I do not have a quarantine
     
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    40 breeder, heater, and a HOB filter.
     
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    MY CBB eats like a beast. I feed all my fish Larry's. We do get all of the finicky eaters feeding on live black worms before weaning them onto standard frozen preparations. My yellow tang was not happy when I added the copper band, but the copper band is smart enough to get out of the tangs way. Black worms can be purchased from many fish stores, they are used allot if the fresh water hobby. Most people keep them in the fridge and rinse them daily.
     

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