Bennetts butterfly feeding requirements

Discussion in 'Marine Fish Discussions' started by rakabos, 9 Jan 2011.

  1. rakabos

    rakabos

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Hi guys

    I saw this guy at a LFS and simply couldnt resist. Bennett's butterfly also known as an eclipse butterfly. The coloration is simply amazing and i have been leaning towards a more pretty fish oriented tank rather than coral. I am fully aware he will munch my sps


    [​IMG]


    Now my question is feeding. The LFS stated that it eats brine. I have tried feeding it brine/mysis/angel formula/pellets/flakes and it hasn't seem to interested in it.

    What it has been eating is my birds nest (so at least he is eating right). I dont have a problem with that as such but i'd like to know what i can do to encourage it to munch on the other food - or is there something else i can try feeding it.

    Cheers
     
    Last edited: 9 Jan 2011
  2. AdS Guest




    to hide all adverts.
  3. Sentari

    Sentari

    Joined:
    15 May 2009
    Posts:
    2,084
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg
    I would have asked the LFS to feed the fish before i even chanced taking the fish.

    Another tip is next time if you not use put a deposit down and ask for the fish to be kept for a week or 2 to see how it does.

    Hope the fish starts eating!
     
  4. Slagter

    Slagter MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    27 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    1,734
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Randburg
    Nice fish dude! It's beautiful!

    Why not try some clam or muscle meat on a bit of rock? He might start nipping at that...
     
  5. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,155
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Location:
    Centurion
    Feed the frozen food slowly with a syringe.

    Just like Copperbands, they takes their time before they decides if he want to eat something. And by then, the other fish already ate it.

    So first, feed the pigs.

    Then use a syringe, close to the butterfly, and slowly push some food out. Just a bit. Do not move your hand fast or away. Also close to a open rock space. So that the food that is dispersed is slowly moving over the rock. Almost like they should do if alive. Take your time. Let him learn that the syringe means food.

    By the way, beatifull fish. Understand you could not resist....
     
  6. rakabos

    rakabos Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Thx for the advice, I will try that when i get home today RiaanP.

    Will he get enough nutrition from just munching the sps ? (for now anyway?)
     
  7. rakabos

    rakabos Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Was also wondering whether it would munch on sponges in and around the live rock ?
     
  8. rakabos

    rakabos Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Ok ive tried the syringe method but the food just floats by him without him eating it. He didnt eat off the rocks either. Is there anything else i can try?

    As an extreme measure what sort of SPS would he eat long with the birds nest he is already nipping at?
     
  9. dendrosa

    dendrosa Member

    Joined:
    1 Jun 2007
    Posts:
    298
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Somerset west CT
    How long have you had him for? It may take a while for him to get the message re the syringe method
     
  10. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

    Joined:
    11 Aug 2008
    Posts:
    23,155
    Likes Received:
    1,230
    Location:
    Centurion
    switch some internal pumps off when feeding, so that the food floats by slower.
     
  11. rakabos

    rakabos Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Hi

    I tried again this morning. No pumps on. He is quite ok with my hand and syringe close to him without being scared off. I mixed some garlic with mysis/brine and angel formula. The food literally floats by him slowly with him not interested. Im slowly getting worried.... He is still nipping at the birds nest and another sps i have.

    I am wondering if i shouldnt just get a nice polyp rich sps for him so he can live off that or is that a bad idea?

    Thx guys
     
  12. ziyaadb

    ziyaadb

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    5,566
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    JHB-Lenzz
    Better start buying the colonies bra or it will waste away

    BFsMaldives

     
  13. AfricaOffroad

    AfricaOffroad

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    1,696
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Ballito, KZN
    Well thats that then, its gonna die.
    :037:
     
  14. rakabos

    rakabos Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Nah i think he should be ok. I bought some butternut coral this morning. Nice big colony and thanks to the guys at Jungle aquatics for a great deal.

    Now lets hope he eats it. I will add some more sps just to make sure he has variety. Hopefully i can ween him onto other food, will keep trying and keep u guys posted
     
  15. ziyaadb

    ziyaadb

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    5,566
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    JHB-Lenzz
    he will also eat corallimorpharians so better start getting the mushrooom farm going
     
  16. rakabos

    rakabos Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Got lots of those, my tank is quite coral rich. He has only nipped sps though so far and from what i have read this particular species only eat sps (chaetodon bennetti)
     
  17. ziyaadb

    ziyaadb

    Joined:
    18 Jul 2007
    Posts:
    5,566
    Likes Received:
    48
    Location:
    JHB-Lenzz
    aye man all the best.
     
  18. rakabos

    rakabos Thread Starter

    Joined:
    12 Jul 2010
    Posts:
    5,006
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Wilgeheuwel, JHB
    Thx for the support :tt2::tt2:
     
  19. spentacle

    spentacle

    Joined:
    21 Jan 2009
    Posts:
    115
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    East London
    if you can get your hands on some common sea urchins freeze them. Then cut it in half and put it in your tank. its quite messy so dont leave it too long.
     
  20. Slagter

    Slagter MASA Contributor

    Joined:
    27 Jan 2010
    Posts:
    1,734
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    Randburg
    I firmly maintain that if you want support, you should buy a bra... :tt2:
     
  21. Keanan

    Keanan 2time

    Joined:
    16 Mar 2010
    Posts:
    2,490
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Cape Town
    What a beautiful fish.

    :lol:
     
Recent Posts

Loading...
Similar Threads - Bennetts butterfly feeding Forum Date
Copperband butterfly Majestic Pets Solutions 10 Nov 2016
[wtd] Copperband butterfly Wanted 28 Sep 2016
Ornate butterfly, heniocus and rusty angel Marine Fish Discussions 18 Jun 2016
[wtd] Im looking for a longnose butterfly or copperband Wanted 26 Mar 2016
[wtd] Coppeband butterfly wanted, East London Wanted 23 Mar 2016
yellow longnose butterfly Marine Fish Discussions 13 Mar 2016
Copperband Butterfly Help Marine Fish Discussions 13 Feb 2016