The Copperband Butterfly is one of the most exotic looking yet inexpensive butterfly?s and is considered a staple of saltwaterfish tanks in United States. It requires a minimum 25 Gallon tank in which it can spend most of their time inspecting every nook and cranny with their elongated mouth. You should keep in mind to check if any injuries near the mouth or nose which occurs while catching or shipping because that can give rise to secondary infections. The Copperband Butterfly might nip large polyps stony corals or clam mantles, and also feeds on feather dusters, and small worms, therefore the copperband butterfly fish is not really considered reef safe. Due to the petite size of its mouth, the Copperband Butterfly can grab only small particles. It should be fed with variety of other foods that include Mysis shrimp, raw shrimp, live brine shrimp, frozen brine shrimp, which serves as very healthy source to the Copperband Butterfly. It is not an aggressive feeder at first, and thus should not be housed with aggressive tank mates. Unless kept in a large tank, most tangs and large Angelfish will not tolerate the addition of a butterflyfish. Since they are so delicate they attract the typical saltwater fish diseases and you need to take proper pre-cautions by using a quarantine tank before introducing them into your main tank. It is very difficult to distinguish male from female Copperband Butterfly and they do not breed in home aquariums. It thrives well in a temperature range of 75-82 degree Fahrenheit, with 8.1-8.4 pH and can live up to 4 years or longer, and that makes a good choice for the home aquarium.
The Copperband Butterfly is one of the few Butterflies that is commonly distributed for the home aquarium. These exquisite fish are silvery-white in color with orange vertical bands, as well as a "false eye" at the rear of their dorsal. The Copperband has an elongated mouth which it uses to pick at coral heads, including nuisance Aiptasia. These fish will accept many fish foods, but require excellent water quality. The Copperband is very docile and gets along well with other community fish. These fish will also eat nuisance glass anemones (Aiptasia). It is best to only keep one per tank.The family of Butterflyfish get their name from their behavior of fluttering around the reef. These fish typically have rather round and thin bodies. They are very colorful and some have extended snouts which they use to reach worms entrenched in the reef.Photo by Saltwaterfish.com member, mx#28