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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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Copperbands ARE a cyanide-targeted species. Not all copperbands are caught that way, there are net-caught available. Depends who your LFS buys them from.

8 days in the LFS, plus a week in transit from the collector to exporter to importer to LFS is realistic for a juiced fish to live. Some live hours, some days, some a few weeks. Some can live for years if the concentration wasn't that great, and the fish tolerated it well.

It's hard to track where the fish came from, and if it might have been squirted -- There are a lot of lies in this industry.

If your LFS is picky - they can find themselves net-caught specimens. Not knowing the store and not knowing who they are buying from, I'm not going to leap to a conclusion regarding this particular specimen (and I don't want to know what store...not trying to cause conflict), it's entirely possible that this one just failed to thrive - that happens occasionally even with net caught (but a LOT less frequently).

Make sure the fish is eating in the LFS and feed it whatever the store was to get it to keep feeding, and know your store, and trust them. If you can't be sure about the capture methods, I suggest you avoid the species that are usually targeted. That's the only real way to assure clean fish.

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Aussie fish are net caught, Indo and PI *might* be and then again they *might not be* - depends on who collects them. I know only of one all-net-caught exporter in PI.

As for "telling" - no unless you send the fish off to a lab, there's no way to tell - and even then if they excreted all the cyanide it's almost impossible to tell. You could cut the fish open and see if there's any liver damage, that's a telltale sign - liver sometimes turns to mush and that's what kills the fish.

Ray1214 said:
What is the "J" crowd? Yalls names?
It's a secret :rolleyes:

Little thing we have going on the general forum ;)

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