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01-06-2011, 08:59 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?

01-06-2011, 09:01 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

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01-06-2011, 09:03 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?

01-06-2011, 09:07 AM
Use a little garlic to entice them, and maybe start out with some fresh seafood first, then move over to the frozen

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01-06-2011, 09:19 AM
ohk I'll see what I can do! Thanks chris

01-06-2011, 04:15 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.

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01-06-2011, 04:59 PM
wouldnt that give then the idea that corals are food then?

01-06-2011, 07:34 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, 03:02 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.

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01-07-2011, 04:02 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