Butterflyfish Bonanza!!

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  1. FishFinatic ;)

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    Hi Guys, I was reading the Angel Lovers thread and someone suggested a butterfly fish thread, so I though I'd make that a reality!!! So if you love butterfly fish, here's the place to talk about them... And yep, you guessed it, here's the place to talk about butterflies, ask any questions you have, and show off those beautiful tanks!!! :)
     
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    saltyhog Valuable Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader Partner Member 2018

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    I would really like to hear people's experience with keeping SPS tanks with butterflies. Which ones have been successful and SPS safe for you?
     
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    I’d just like to see some beautiful butterflies! I don’t have any currently, unfortunately!
     
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    Long nose butterfly, one of the best fish to keep
     
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    To be honest, I have barely just started setting up my tank, but I would LOVE some butterflies in there once it's ready!!!
     
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    And....I have a question.... does anyone have experience with Golden Butterflies?? I went to my LFS today and they said that if I were to want one, it would take a lot of time because they are hard to come by. Can anyone give me some more information?
     
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    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018 Partner Member 2019

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    They are a large Red Sea endemic species. Quite peaceful, can be kept in prs. Can be kept in sps dominant reefs.

    NY Aquatic regularly has them in stock.
     
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    I have a Pyramid Butterfly in my mixed reef. Does not pick on coral.
     
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    I have a beautiful Long Nose, so much personality
     
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    How much do they generally cost at NY Aquatic? And whatever the price is, would you say it's a good price?
     
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    eatbreakfast Fish Nerd Staff Member Team R2R R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Showcase Editor Expert Contributor Partner Member Partner Member 2018 Partner Member 2019

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    I don't remember offhand, but most of their prices are pretty good.
     
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    I myself have never had a butterfly in any of my tank because I heard of difficulties in feeding and picking on corals, but would love to keep a golden butterfly in my reef tank. I can't wait to see pictures of butterflies with SPS.
     
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    I have kept, a Longnose butterfly and a Saddleback butterfly in a reef and never had problems with compatibility. I have found though that butterfly fish, especially the smaller ones, are very picky eaters. It took my longnose almost a month to transition from Live Blackworms to frozen LRS, and the saddleback it took 2 weeks to eat Anything but Live BBS. I finally had him eating Live blackworms after a month or so and another 2-3 weeks for Frozen LRS. So after 7 weeks he went into the DT and wouldn’t eat. He did eat all of my spaghetti worms and sand worms though. He shortly passed away.
    Butterfly fish do like to swim, they are constantly swimming, wether it be in the open water Column or hovering and searching the rocks, they like lots of space.
     
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    Has anyone mentioned Heniochus or Kleini? Both good reef candidates and super hardy.
     
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    I'm so sorry for your loss. That is very interesting though, about the feeding. I'm thinking of getting a Golden Butterfly for my 120 when it gets set up, they, like all butterfly fish, are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing that, it must have been hard to lose your butterflies.
     
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    Those are beautiful fish!! Are they really reef safe though?? I heard somewhere that they aren't necessarily reef safe. Do you know what they eat?
     
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    You will want the H. diphruetes (spelling) safe bet if you get them from Hawaii as they can be a little tricky telling the difference from H. acuminatus. I have had good luck with the Kleini in the past and had actually kinda forgot about them for reef tanks until I read an article in the most recent TFH magazine. Yes, I still have a magazine subscription. :)
     
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    Thanks for the info!! It honestly seems like there's so many fish in the saltwater aspect of the hobby that look alike but have completely different personalities. How do you control where the fish you get comes from, though??? That's always confused me...
     
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    There will usually be some slight identification characteristics that you can use to determine that you have the right fish. Work with a good LFS! We import all of our own fish and deal directly with divers. I can literally call my Hawaiian divers on their cell phones. :) You have some good options near you in CT. Greenwich Aquaria I have heard really good things about. If it is not too far for you go see my buddy Scott at OSA in Coventry, RI. He will take great care of you! Or if you are ever in the neighborhood come see us up at Aquatic Creations in Amherst, NH.
     
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    Here's my copperband. Took about a week trying everything under the sun to get him to eat. Eventually ate live black worms now eats anything

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