Copperband Butterfly

Copperband Butterfly

The Copperband Butterflyfish is the most common butterfly in the industry, due to its amazing body shape and colour. It has a elongated nose, which is effective for hunting small amounts of food in holes and crevices within live rock. Its eye catching colour consists of a white pearl like base dressed in orange vertical stripes and a false eyespot on its dorsal fin as a defence mechanism to protect it against threats. 

It is said that this fish thrives best when kept in a large reef aquarium of at least 400 litres. This is because this is peaceful fish that can be a slow eater, and aggressive and active eaters can scare this shy fish and make it hard to feed. Additionally, it is best to keep this fish as the only butterfly in the tank to stop any competitive aggressive behaviour between the two. 

Also note, that even through many say this fish is reef safe, some have said that it may nibble anemones, feather dusters and invertebrates, so it is trial and error in regards to housing this fish in a reef tank. Another benefit of homing this fish is that they are excellent aiptasia eaters, and can help eradicate the pest from your system. 

Many state that it takes a while at the beginning to get this fish to feed due to it being shy and slow. However this can be overcome by trying a variety of live foods such as brine shrimp or copepods, and then slowly moving over to frozen meats and other foods as it settles in. 

Minimum Tank Size400 litres
Care Level: Difficult
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 8"
Colour Form: Orange, White, Yellow
Diet: Carnivore
Family: Chaetodontidae
Origin: Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. These fish are excellent aiptasia eaters. Unfortunately, they are also quite finicky. Be sure you’ve got plenty of food alternatives once the aiptasia are gone!

  2. I was very apprehensive about buying this fish for it was supposed to be a hard to feed (bought it for my wife). I was wrong! Started eating the second day. Loves bloodworms (eats flake too). Very peaceful and gets along great with the tank mates (clowns, tangs & the flame angel). Always the first to reach the feeding hole to pull down frozen treats. Another great specimen from this web site & I am happy to have this fish in my aquarium

  3. This species is easy to keep if you have certain organisms present in your system. First, they love Feather Dusters. Purchase some Live Rock and build it in a way that small Feather Dusters always have a place to safely grow and breed. Secondly (and most important), I have seen mine eat many an Amphipod! So order some and get them breeding. This is easy if you utilize hang-on filters. Buy Amphipods and release them into the filter with a filter pad. You will get much better results if you give the Amphipods lots of surface area. Fill the unit with pads or sacks of filter medium. They eat what the filter catches and their babies feed your Copperband Butterflyfish!

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