Copperband Butterflyfish

Latin name: (Chelmon rostratus)

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Orange, White, Yellow



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This fish is an excellent choice for both experienced and beginner aquarists alike. It is hardy and adaptable, and will bring a splash of color to any tank. It is important to note that they should only be kept with peaceful tankmates, and should be housed in very large reefs or community tanks. Additionally, caution should be taken when housing them in a reef aquarium as they may eat invertebrates such as anemones and feather dusters. Furthermore, these fish are great for controlling aiptasia, or glass anemones, in the reef aquarium.

The Copperband Butterflyfish is known to be a challenging fish to feed due to its shy and selective nature. To encourage the fish to start eating, a variety of foods should be offered. It is important to remain patient and provide a consistent supply of food, as the fish may take some time to adjust to its new environment. Furthermore, live food such as brine shrimp and tubifex worms can be offered to increase the fish’s appetite. Additionally, it is recommended to provide the Copperband Butterflyfish with a varied diet composed of high quality frozen and dry food. With the appropriate care and diet, this species can be a rewarding and beautiful addition to any aquarium.

The approximate purchase size for a small, medium, or large size is 2 to 3 3/4″, 3″ to 4 1/4″, or 4 1/4″ to 5″, respectively.

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