Do copperbands eat coral????

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  1. mandrin

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    Hi all thinking of addding the gorgous Coperband to my reef
    just wondering if any of you have them an if they eat your corals
    thanks
    well i have soft and hard corals
     
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    thanks bud how long you got your coperband in your reef
     
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    I have a few small sps corals as well as a clam in my tank, the copperband has never seemed interested in either. However, he/ she does not eat flakes/pellets/nori, only frozen foods (mysis, brine, bloodworm etc), so be prepared to feed frozen at least once a day.
    They are stunning fish so i suppose it is worth it :)
     
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    yeah stunning they are bud so frozen the way for them i guess
    thanks
    do you rember how long before your started eating after u brought her home from the store ?
     
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    Almost two years, also have clams, only recently have I seen her/him pick at the clams, never seems to eat it though. She does pick at my trochus snails, violently, if the fall over, found one that was dead and half eaten, couldn't be sure if it was her. Mine eats flakes if I trick her. Defrost brine shrimp and soak with flakes, gets confused....lol
     
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    :lol:

    I had some trouble with this part, once i added her, the naso tang got very violent towards the copper band, which i thought was causing her not to eat, after a day i put her in a separate tank and she still did not eat, after 5 days still nothing so i put her back in the main tank, after a day she started eating a little, it now eats like a pig.

    Ive had the copperband now for just over 2 months
     
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    Mandrin - YES. They can indeed. If they are not trained to eat frozen foods, or flakes. (And there is not enough aptaisia for them to eat - IF they developed a taste for aptaisia, that is).

    If you do not have enough live foods (pods, worms, etc) in your tank, then they could start eating corals polyps.

    Remember - MOST butterfly fish eat mostly, and in many cases, ONLY corals polyps.
     
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    thanks well will keep that in mind
    guess its a chance we take when we look at the stunning fish mother nature has made for us ,
    well as soon as i get her , will have to treat her to some frozen food , hope to get 1 this weeekend hopefully our sponsors get them today
    will keep u guys posted

    ps .....wats realy sad is when u purchase a stunning fsh an u work your butt of tryin to keep him / her healthy no matter wat , cause is life , and then when they dont make , it often breaks me , cause it is just heart breaking guys , dont know if any of u feel my pain as well , its not not how much we paid , its the life we brought in to our reef and home ......get it guys ......
     
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    Jip Mandrin! I know that feeling. Unfortunately, the way fish are wild-caught, and the stress that they are put through in being shipped, sometimes means that the fish is doomed to die - no matter what. That is indeed extremely heartsore! I share that feeling 10000% mate!
     
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    Yes
    Yeah, get it for sure. Share your pain.

    Had myself taken a fish or two from LFS, that did not even last 2 days . Very sad indeed. Did not even have time to name them.:(
    That is why I now prefer to rather buy stock from a current system:) Or wait until they have spent at least a week in the LFS. My loss if I wait too long and they are not there anymore
     
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    Hey I have a tiny copperband in my tank.. He munched on the few pieces of aiptasia that was present.. Have it for around two week now.. Only eats frozens but they are amazing..
     
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    They will eat tube worms and fan worms
     
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    Guys Sags tbs longest time,any 1 has,a,coperband lliving in their reef
    Tanks
     
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    Don't understand what you saying?:)
     
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