Feeding Copperband Butterflies

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  1. Kunhardt

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    I bought a CBB about 1 and a half months ago, still healthy and going strong. I was lucky to get one that was already eating, it devours blood worm like there is no tomorrow, physically attacking the syringe when it hits the water.

    I have seen quite a few CBB's in members tanks on the forum and was wondering what they feed theirs and how often do they feed them as I have heard that Blood worm is not good enough to sustain a fish long term, is this true?

    I do dose the blood worm with vitamins and leave it to soak for a few hours before feeding so he should be getting his vitimin fix right, and like Achilles mine too seems to nibble at nori now and again, obviously figured its a food source from the tangs?

    I have tried getting him onto flakes but mixing it in with the blood worm in the syringe, but he takes the flakes and spits them out afterwards...little teaser he is!
     
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    Mine like Mysis shrimp
    Started with a big syringe, feeding live brine shrimp and frozen ones together. Then started with frozen brine shrimp and anything else frozen. Now takes any frozen food.

    But I did confirm at the LFS that he was pecking at the rocks before I got him, and they did feed him some bloodworm to show that he is eating. This is my second copperband. The first one I took another LFS word that he is eating (one of the respected shops and a sponsor, so I had no reason not to believe him). Ha, he died 8 days later and never even tried to peck at anything.

    Just a note on the syringe part. The Copperband eats too slow, and the other fish devours everything by the time he took his second bite. So I have to give it slowly, allowing him to get more. The other fish just have to wait.
     
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    Mine eats Nori and Aptasia and whatever other critters in the rock
     
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    Mine as well, you must ensure they get enough food. I feed mine frozen mysis and frozen enriched brine shrimp.

    I went to see someone else's tank about a month ago, he had a big copperband and showed me how he eats Nori, I couldn't believe it, he went banana's for it and ate more than any of the tangs did, I was amazed.
     
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    is a copperband a difficult fish to keep/feed?
    do they need a cover on the DT,are they jumpers?

    i would love one of them in my DT
     
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    Yes, they don't always take to eating prepared food, so you need to have a tank with a large, mature pod population for it to survive.

    Not jumpers at all, quite a slow and majestic fish
     
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    Beautiful fish just got mine from the pet shop, hopw he eats well...
     
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    So it seems everyone else, with the exception of Warr has to feed theirs frozen food as well. Nobody managed to get theirs onto flakes or pellets?

    Mine is not interested in any other frozen foods just the blood worm and doesnt even give the live baby brine I feed my anthias a second glance. I reckon though besides the blood worm he is eating pods at night as I see him hunting for a good few hours after lights out.

    oh...how often are you guys feeding frozen food? At the moment I am taking one block and stretching it over 2 or 3 feedings, morning and night and the following morning.
     
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    Ok,great to hear they not jumpers.
    Copperband is defnitly on my fish list....:thumbup:
     
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    Neil's Copperband eats pellets... its crazy! when i saw it the first time i couldnt belive my eye's!

    I'm thinking of getting one for the aiptasia that is growing in my tank. Any idea what price they usually go for?
     
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    R 300 - 600 depending on size and health.
     
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    Kunhardt, try to fool him. Use a syringe, so that he learns that whatever comes out is food. Until he eagerly eats away at what comes out, not giving it that long checkout trying to figure out if it is food. Then mix two types of food. He is bound to take a bite of the new type.
     
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    I do that Riaan, and he takes the flakes, but just spits them out...I have tried 3 different types of flakes already. Haven't tried pellets through the syringe yet, maybe will give that a go over the weekend.
     
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    Mine ate all my aptasia and feather dusters and then died...He refused flakes, nori, pellets and even frozen foods..he lived for 3 months and then died..guess there was nothing left for him to eat in the tank...
     
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    What is the min tank size for the CBB
     
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    I still think age oo the tank is more important than volume
     
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    Anyone tried sea urchin cut in half?
     
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    How about mixing some flake up with the blood worm and then feeding.
     
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    Murderer! :razz:
     
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