Care Level: Advanced
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: The Copperband Butterflyfish, also known as the Beaked Butterflyfish, Beaked Coralfish, or Orange Stripe Butterfly, has a long, narrow nose and mouth used for reaching into crevices and holes on the reef for food. Native to both the Pacific and Indian oceans ranging from the east coast of Africa and Madagascar, the Andaman Sea to Ryukyu Islands and west to Indonesia and Australia. The Copperband Butterflyfish has yellow-orange vertical bands with a black edging and a false eyespot on the rear of the dorsal fin. Adults can reach approximatly 8 inches in length.
Diet Requirements: The Copperband Butterflyfish can be a difficult fish to feed, especially upon first introduction into the aquarium. They take time to settle in and are shy and deliberate feeders that may need a variety of fresh foods offered to it in order to begin feeding.Try offering meaty items such as chopped fish, crustaceans, mysis shrimp, enriched brine shrimp and other frozen marine preparations.
Care Requirements: It is best housed in very large reefs, or in peaceful fish only with live rock community tanks of at least 125 gallons. It should be kept singly, not with conspecifics or similar looking butterflyfish. They should also not be kept with any aggressive fish that may cause unnecessary stress. Caution should be exercised if housing these fish in a reef aquarium. They may pick on invertebrates, especially anemones and feather dusters. They are an excellent fish when used to control aiptasia, or glass anemones, in the reef aquarium. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 2 to 2 3/4″; Medium: 3″ to 4 1/4″; Large: 4 1/4″ to 5″; XLarge: 5″ to 5 3/4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.