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Discover Aquatics Shop
01-06-2011, 09:59 AM
i was wanting to get a copperbanded butterfly for my 75 gal reef. i am a bit nervous about getting one though cause ive heard they can be hard to keep. ive got quite a bit of aiptasia in my tank and thats one of the reasons i want to get it, but dont want it to clear out the aiptasia then starve to death. any good recommendations on feeding or good ways to keep them healthy?

30mini
01-06-2011, 10:01 AM
frozen meaty foods usually are good for them. you need to feed at least once a day, twice is better to keep them away from clams/lps/softies

Discover Aquatics Shop
01-06-2011, 10:03 AM
i wont be having any clams in there for sure, but do they accept frozen easily or is it going to be like a manderin where theyll almost starve before theyll eat it?

30mini
01-06-2011, 10:07 AM
Use a little garlic to entice them, and maybe start out with some fresh seafood first, then move over to the frozen

Discover Aquatics Shop
01-06-2011, 10:19 AM
ohk I'll see what I can do! Thanks chris

gberry
01-06-2011, 05:15 PM
Another thing you can do is press the food into a coral skeleton, it's supposed to provide them a more 'natural' location for them to find their food initially.

Discover Aquatics Shop
01-06-2011, 05:59 PM
wouldnt that give then the idea that corals are food then?

drimo
01-06-2011, 08:34 PM
Yeah I'm not sure that would be a good thing to do... sounds a bit like a Pavlovian response you would train them towards.

Coral Pets
01-07-2011, 04:02 PM
Also, tangs don't like them. If you have a yellow tang, or other tangs, they often time with stress the CB to death.

Discover Aquatics Shop
01-07-2011, 05:02 PM
I don't currently have anything larger than my royal gramma and wanted to get the butterfly and tang at the same time so that there wouldn't be any territory issues