marleyi / double sash butterfly

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  1. toppdogg

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    heyguys
    just woundering if anybody has kept any of these fish as i was donated 4 juviniles
    and have them in smaller tank for about 3 weeks now all doing well
    just wanted to know if they are reef safe ?
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    Muelleri Butterfly

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    Latin NameChelmon muelleriCommon NameMuelleri ButterflyAlso known asMueller's Butterfly, Australian Copperband ButterflyFast FactsAVAILABILITY NOTE
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    Closely related to the Copperband Butterfly, the Muelleri Butterfly fares notably better in captivity than its shorter-snouted relative. Found only in Australian waters, it is highly sought after by collectors of rare butterfies. Though not often available, the Muelleri Butterfly is popular for controlling Aiptasia anemones in reef tanks. SizesMost specimens are aroud 3"-4", seldom smaller or larger.
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    Where did you get them...
    As far as recearch goes it's the same as a copperband, reef safe with caution
     
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    I was told this loves to snack on pineapple coral - if that helps!
     
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    annoying thats not the same fish as the one pictured by toppdog is only found in SA.

    i know this because we often have Japanese aquariums coming over here to collect them and blackburnii butterfly for their aquarium.

    they are a colder water butterfly (as are C.Dolosus and C.Blackburnii) and if temperatures can be kept below 18 or consistent not exceeding 20 degrees they will do best.. i have tried many of these before in my butterfly keeping days and have put them on my no keep list (even if i were to go FOWLR)

    Although against their being kept it is only fair to report that i have heard of them spawning in captivity in a large enough tank and i do know of a small percentage of prople with large tanks who have kept them for approx a year or 2..
     
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    do they nip at corals as they are so pretty and would love to put them in dt when they get bigger
     
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    yip they will nip your corals.....admitidly they are awesome.......out of all the butterflies except the longnose i found them beautiful and hardy if cared for properly however they are butterflies and are prone to spot and to nip them corals.......and for some reson all non reefsafe fish seem to peck on your personal fav coral first:)
     
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    agree with marco 100%..
     
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    Most of the fishies we say are non reefsafe - is it a case of them nipping at corals or is more a case of trying to get whats inbetween the corals? Maybe copepods or bits of food stuck in there .... or are there species that actually "eat" corals?
     
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    Oh yeah, Parrot fish love a good chunky SPS stick. Large Angels love a nice frogspawn for dessert. :p
     
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    OK now I know why the huge semi I got from Scuba was "smiling" and I dont have any frogspawn left - what about this marli butterfly and the pineapple coz got them together and the pineapple is definately on its way out!
     
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    lol.....thats funny....you kill me dude
     
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    my personal belief is that we just dont have systems big enough to allow for nipping and corals are targeted and subsequently wiped out due to this consistent habit.. but if the tank where big enough the coral would have more time to recover inbetween being hasseled... in smaller tanks fish and coral compatability becomes that much more critical..
     
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    thanks for the replies guys so i guess they are staying where they are for now
     
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    Hi Topdog,

    Butterflies love the softies and will travel from softie to softie all day long. They will then also not take to the "artificial" food if they have some nice icecream tasting softies in the tank. The marleyi is found in the colder waters as far as Knysna throughout the year as opposed to the other butterflies which are only found as far as PE in the few summer months.
    As far as nipping the softies, i'm sure they will.
     
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    shot tim
    i gathered that they will munch down on some good tasting corals so they are a deffs no no for my tank as i mostly have softies they will remain right where they are then
    thanks
    BTW nice catching in tk
     
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