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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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fish eggs?

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.
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