Copperband butterfly fish is one hardy fish that is not suitable for beginner saltwater aquarium. If you’re beginner then you’ll realize that you need to take care of them a lot. You need to maintain water quality perfectly also have to choose tank-mates and filtration with lot of research. This makes it hard to keep them for small home aquarium tanks. But if you’re going to take the risk of keeping them for large saltwater aquarium then read this hub carefully.
Fast facts on copperband butterfly fish:
- Copperband butterfly fish is quite sensitive towards fish diseases.
- They can’t stand with other butterfly fish types in the same tank.
- They’re not suitable for reef-tank.
- They’re carnivorous in nature.
- They’re found in Western Pacific region.
Size & Color: They have yellow color body with long white coppery bands. Juveniles and adult look quite similar with some slight changes like long snout on the body of mature copperband butterfly fish.They grow up to 8 inches (20 cm).
Ph & Temperature: If you don’t maintain nitrogen cycle before placing them in the tank. Then there are chances that this fish will die. So you should avoid placing them in new tank instead place them in 4-6 month old tank where nitrogen cycle for the tank is settled. Ph should be 8.1 – 8.4 and carbonate hardness should be at 8 – 12°dKH. You need to maintain temperature of about 25°C – 28°C in your tank. You tank should be atleast 75 gallons or more if you wish to keep copperband butterfly fish.
Breeding: It’s not easy to determine whether the fish is male or female so you need to take help of expert here. Copperband butterfly fish is egg laying species and during breeding season female scatter eggs across tank and then male guards it.
Food: At first it is difficult to get them to eat any frozen or flakes. But once they start to eat the food you put into tank then there is nothing to worry about. They are carnivorous but prefer more of meaty foods. You can give them live food or frozen food and vary their diet once in a week.
Behavior : They’re middle to bottom dwellers and often found near live rock. They’ll have no issues with peaceful tank-mates but they have conflict with their own species. Also don’t keep them with other butterfly fishes like racoon butterfly fish, lined butterfly fish.
You need to maintain quarantine tank in case if they catch any disease. They cost about 35-45$ in aquarium shops. They’re also available online for sale. If you’re intermediate aquarist then you’ll be able to take care of them but this fish is strictly not suitable for beginner aquarist.