Mine wouldn’t eat black worms right away. It took probably offering them 15-20 times before he would. Now he loves them.Those who tried feeding live blackworms and clams on a half shell--have you ever had any cases of a CBB NOT eating live blackworms/clams on a half shell?
I picked one up a couple weeks ago. I put him in QT so that he can quietly eat and proceeded to feed live blackworms and clams on a half shell. No luck. After 3 days, I didn't want to see him starve, so I put him in my DT. still not eating, no matter WHAT i'm feeding--continue worms, clams, started adding LRS, mysis, NOTHING. Sucks
Yes.1. Should the Copperband Butterfly Fish be attempted in our home aquariums?
The Copperband is no different (IMO) than any other butterfly. Buy from a quality source. Buy from a source that has kept it for a while. There is no magic IMHO, I have had damsels that have never eaten. yet they are considered 'easy'. I am surprised how much they can actually eat - and actually fight other fish for food. Their little mouth fits a lot of frozen food into it. They do not need 'little pieces' of food. Mine literally ate a 1/4 inch cube of LRS food today - and was fighting the purple tang for more. BUY FROM TRUSTED SOURCES. They to me - are not 'expert level fish'.2. What are your personal experiences with the CBB? Also any tips for those of you who have been successful?
Each of my CBB have long live. My current one I had since hurricane Harvey. The one before that I had for 7 years until he was kill when my tank crash during the aftermath of Harvey.Skill level doesn't even matter. All levels of experienced fish keepers can and do lose this fish.
I'm confident 99.999% of the specimens harvested don't make it past a year in captivity.
Even the most dedicated of owners still lose them.
If you REALLY want this fish it truly needs a dedicated tank, or a very lightly stocked tank where it is the most dominant.
This fish is a perfect example of the level of negligence and selfishness we have in this hobby. For years I've heard and been told by irresponsible LFS Owners/Associates about how easy the CB or Moorish Idol, etc. are to keep alive of you just do XYZ.
I know there are a lot of responsible aquarists and LFS around, but this fish really doesn't belong in our tanks.
CBB is my son's favourite.. we attempted a few times but failed miserably... the longest we had it in the tank was for slightly over a monthThe Copperband butterfly fish is one of the most beautiful fish that is readily available in our hobby and is in the "more affordable" range. People love the CBB fish for many reasons with one of those being that they can use that slender "snout" to get deep into crevices and eat aiptasia anemones! They like to snack on those! But the problem is widely known that they are not very hardy when it comes to being acclimated into our home aquariums because of how finicky and deliberate they are at eating. So let's talk about them today!
1. Should the Copperband Butterfly Fish be attempted in our home aquariums?
2. What are your personal experiences with the CBB? Also any tips for those of you who have been successful?
Yes...I agree same with me....my CB wouldn't eat after acclimating and I did the same thing...then I started freezing the clams with bloodworms and brine shrimp stuffed in them and dropping them in the tank....after a month or so I was able to feed blood worms and brine shrimp successfully by just adding to the tank...have not seen any aiptasia since I added the CB in November ...Other was my reply because LM not sure what constitutes an expert, and I'm not one. I have tried in the past w no luck, but in the last 3 to 4 years have been successful. I think the time put into research and care is the difference. They are not just another fish. They are delicate creatures w specific dietary needs. I got my last 2 to eat and get a good start by information given from a breeder. Their advice was to buy some clams on the half shell from grocery store, freeze, then shave. They love it. Another was live blk worms. If a person isn't ready or able to dedicate the time to their needs, I suggest another fish until they can.
I too had a CBB in my FO tank 40+ years ago. Simply a beautiful fish and I would love to have one again, at some point. He too lived better than a year for me. I don't recall him being difficult to feed, I just thought it was something else that caused his demiseI had one for over a year that ate great, however, after my tangs started growing more and eating more I could not get the cbb food. He died after 1.5 years from lack of food, very sad but he just couldnt compete.
I think they are good for certain tanks but not all.
I'm not saying they don't make it. The odds of them living a long and successful life in captivity does require a dedicated hobbyist, which you absolutely are, and not the average keeper that only wants to deal with the tank a few hours a month. You have much better odds at keeping them alive than me!Each of my CBB have long live. My current one I had since hurricane Harvey. The one before that I had for 7 years until he was kill when my tank crash during the aftermath of Harvey.