Copperband Butterfly

Copperband Butterfly

Chelmon rostratus

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Care Facts

Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Reef Safe: No
Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
Max Size: 8 inches
The Copperband Butterfly, Chelmon rostratus, has a silver sheen body with several copper bands and a long protruding snout tipped with a small mouth, and a small black dot on the end of its dorsal fin. They are peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful fish, but may become aggressive towards other Butterflies with a similar pattern or coloration in smaller tanks.

They are also not reef safe since they will nip at and eat soft corals and stony polyps as well as ornamental shrimp, tube worms and anemones. Diet should include a variety of mysis and vitamin enriched brine shrimp, spirulina, nori, seaweed, marine algae, and algae based foods, 2-3 times daily.

Got a smaller guy for my 65 gal mixed reef. Couldn't get him to eat-bought small frozen scallops from the grocery store and chopped into thin fine strips- Bingo he started eating it like crazy. from that he has moved on to mysis shrimp, but small ones. Eats like a pig! Awesome fish always front and center.

Reviewed by: Scott Durham on March 25, 2020

Ordered the Butterflyfish and he arrived in great condition. After acclimating, the Butterfly adapted well even with my Sailfin Tang. Excited to see him suck in the frozen Brine shrimp and Blood worms. Was worried about him not eating. I have bought locally and never had one to eat. Beautiful fish...

Reviewed by: Oliver Moore on Sept. 19, 2016

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