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.
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