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Copperband arent considered an easy fish. Am not saying theyvare difficult but you need the right tank mates and feed them well so I would consider them middle of the road and with caution. Similar with the long nose.
I have had many and got them to eat within a day and they get along with all my fish. Current one almost 3 years old and is an eating machine. I know of others with similar experience.
Makes a difference where they’re from and how they’re caught

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The list says I shouldnt throw this guy in my reef? Darn thought hed be perfect for my 5g nano. Being serious thank you for this contribution to the hobby many of those fish are common to LFS in my area and almost all of them get bought by people inexperienced in sw who cant care for them. Bet this post has saved lots of fish over the years.
 

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I have had many and got them to eat within a day and they get along with all my fish. Current one almost 3 years old and is an eating machine. I know of others with similar experience.
Makes a difference where they’re from and how they’re caught

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Not suggesting that's not your experience but if you check any site they will tell you they are not a beginners fish so not considered easy. My yellow tang for instance won't allow any copperband to feed. I have kept them in the past for years but some fish as with my YT will harass a newly introduced CB till it succumbs or one or the other is removed.
I have a lot of experience with CBs and get reluctant feeders to feed using an open mussel to get them started along with other tricks. If I get another CB my YT will have to go.
 

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Not suggesting that's not your experience but if you check any site they will tell you they are not a beginners fish so not considered easy. My yellow tang for instance won't allow any copperband to feed. I have kept them in the past for years but some fish as with my YT will harass a newly introduced CB till it succumbs or one or the other is removed.
I have a lot of experience with CBs and get reluctant feeders to feed using an open mussel to get them started along with other tricks. If I get another CB my YT will have to go.
They’re not a beginner fish and as stated - easier butterfly opposed to ones like vagabond, Pakistani etc. Not too many fish fare well with aggression.
There was a time where one was lucky to get these to eat and that has changed greatly. Over the 34+ years in the hobby, many fish have adapted much easier to captive raising in a marine tank
I have 6 yellows and CBB will out-eat them any given day
 
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They’re not a beginner fish and as stated - easier butterfly opposed to ones like vagabond, Pakistani etc. Not too many fish fare well with aggression.
There was a time where one was lucky to get these to eat and that has changed greatly. Over the 34+ years in the hobby, many fish have adapted much easier to captive raising in a marine tank
I have 6 yellows and CBB will out-eat them any given day
Did you put the CB in before the YT? Mine certainly won't tolerate CB in with it. Perhaps you have so many UTs they leave the CB alone.
 

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Did you put the CB in before the YT? Mine certainly won't tolerate CB in with it. Perhaps you have so many UTs they leave the CB alone.
He went in after
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Anyone know how to train a fish to eat frozen food. I have a Hectors goby and I know it eats sugar and I have seen it eat miniature pieces of brine shrimp do I think it is eating fine. But I just want to make sure.
patience. They will eventually eat it. I would also suggest that something like LRS is better than brine shrimp - in general
 

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I have had many and got them to eat within a day and they get along with all my fish. Current one almost 3 years old and is an eating machine. I know of others with similar experience.
Makes a difference where they’re from and how they’re caught

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I think this is key - if you get a somewhat sick fish - its not going to do well. The copper band I have literally rips food out of the Harlequin tusks mouth. (the tusk is 2x the size). But - I monitored the fish - it was eating well at the LFS, etc. PS - he rips food from the yellow tangs as well
 
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Is yours an Australian or Fijian one?
This is off topic but any updates on your harem of Flameback Angels?
The CB I last put in had been the LFS a number of weeks eating well. I have tried 3 CBs butveachbtime my YT has pestered tgemntonthe point of stopping them.from feeding properly
My 3 flameback/fireball Angel's are all doing very well thanks. Not seen them spawn as yet, still a bit immature I think.
 

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The CB I last put in had been the LFS a number of weeks eating well. I have tried 3 CBs butveachbtime my YT has pestered tgemntonthe point of stopping them.from feeding properly
My 3 flameback/fireball Angel's are all doing very well thanks. Not seen them spawn as yet, still a bit immature I think.
You have 3 flamebacks in your tank?
 
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