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Copperband Butterfly

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Just curious how many people are keeping CB successfully? I got a call from a LFS that they got some CB in, and when I visited the store, fish was appearing quite shy. They tried to show me the fish eating, but it was too shy. I just didn't feel comfortable.

Later I picked up a CB after work from a LFS I've been visiting quite a lot lately and their CB didn't look shy to me. Beside it was there for almost 7-8 days and I had nothing but good experience there. When I brought him yesterday (around 7PM), I took extra care to ensure he's acclimated right (temp adjustment and then drip, drip and drip).

I really wanted those Aiptasia to have a enemy in the tank. Aiptasia driving me crazy and I don’t want to go Peppermint Shrimp route. Anyway, long story short, he/she appear to be fine but today I saw it die before my eyes:( :( It was not injured or anything, but it was on its side and breathing fast.

At first I felt very very very guilty! I felt like something I didn't do which cause the fish to die. I removed his/her body quickly and wanted to do a major test (just in case something gone severely wrong)

Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0
Ammonia 0
pH 82
Temp 82 (as it was yesterday)
Phosphate < 0.05
SG 1.025

My other fishes look happy and they are not acting abnormal at all. In fact, they are eating voraciously as always. Throughout the tank everything looks fine. I just don't understand if that travel from Cobb area to Lilburn stress the fish so much??

I sure hope it wasn't a cyanide catch. Then again, how could that have survived all 7-8 days at the LFS then?

Just felt like sharing the experience and want to hear if any of you are keeping CB successfully and how are you doing that. Even if CB cannot help me with Aiptasia, I just love the way they look.

Last time I felt this bad when I lost my year old Porcupine Puffer about 2-3 years ago and I had this fish for not even a day:(

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Thanks for the response Johny...Its amazing how those fish are hit or miss...

How long have you had your 3rd Copperband? I got PE Mysis after reading a lot of people had success with that for CB. But mine didn't show any interest but I was giving it a little more time. I tried fish eggs about 3-4 hours later, but still no interest :rolleyes:

So, your current Copperband going after the Aiptasia at all? Btw, I decided not to go with Perppermint shrimp as they destroyed a great pod population once I had in my previous tank. They also are very rude (walk all over corals and stuff:p

PS hit or miss with Aiptasia but yours look like at least controlling some....:)
This reply doesn't help you on your post about the CB but I'm curious when you stated you tried to feed it fish eggs. What kind of fish eggs? Where did you get them? Thanks.
Sally, Cappuccino Bay Aquarium off of Roswell sell this fish eggs that are orange in color. I think Bobby can tell you the exact type of fish eggs they are but they spread int he tank like pallett food and fish seems to love it.
Thanks Jenn for the insight. If a fish was cyanide caught, would there be any evidence show? The CB still look so nice color as if it was sleeping :(
I'm curious. Why don't you like the Peppermint Shrimp for Aiptasia control? Have you had them attack other things?
This is a debatable issue among many reefers, but I am talking from experience.

My old tank had a nice DSB and a great population of pods, worms and various interesting critters. But then I got one of those "Package Deals" from online and added about 5-6 Peppermint. In just a few weeks, I was lucky enough to see any pods moving around, or those worms and stuff. Besides that, they used to walk all over my LTA, Button Polyps, Mushrooms and various soft corals. I also hated the fact they snatch food away from my bubble coral and LTA. They annoyed the heck out of me throughout the time they stayed in that tank.

Only Good thing was... every now and then, my friends and family noticed an amazing display.... hundreds and thousands of baby Peppermint. My fish used to go crazy during that time. It gave me quite a thrill looking at that phenomenon.

But don't take my word for it. Many people had great success with it and even keep Peppermint in their refugium. Do some search on it though?
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willtel, I heard the same thing but its way too hard to tell the difference. Probably there's none.

You just have to buy it from a LFS that you trust. I think Australian kind is called "Mueller's Copperband" and usually cost higher.
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