Our CBB Copper Banded Butterfly

Discussion in 'Butterfly Fish' started by Morgan111, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

    help getting our Copper Banded Butterfly to eat... picture included

    Ok so here is the deal our CBB is not wanting to eat anything other than COCO worms and FEATHER dusters lol and he realllly likes them we found out lol... he has been w us for three weeks now so obviously he is eating something ( i see him picking on our live rock sometimes) but I've bought every type of food suggested for him and the only thing he has shown any interest in are frozen blood worms so I bought a live rock riddled with small featherdusters for like 3.00 the other day and he ate them all in three days

    Any Ideas??? :;dk :;2cents

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    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010
  2. ATPWell Known MemberMember

    What you could try is:
    Buy some clams are remove them from their shells. (Don't throw away shells) Get some brine, mysis, worms, etc. and mix them with the clam. Than I would mush it up until it turns like a paste thing. Than put the pace in the clam shells that you saved from before and freeze them. After they're forzen, take a shell and put it at the bottom of the tank and see if the CB eats it. If it does, good and slowly adjust it to leser clams and more mysis, brine, worms etc. -what ever you want to feed it until he starts to knows what it is. So in the future, maybe lets say you put mysis shrimp, he'll know the smell and probably eats it :)

    Just and Idea.
  3. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Beautiful fish Morgan! Wow! :)
  4. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

    I've never made the mixture for him but I have tried all the different types of food at one point or another even the clams but I will give this a shot as well. I even have frozen butterfly specific food that EVERYONE in the tank but the butterfly eats lol.... What about fresh clams from the supermarket? are these ok to feed?

    Thank you I fell for this fish in the store and watched him for two weeks before buying him.
  5. ATPWell Known MemberMember

    yes. I mean the fresh clams. Take them out of the shells and mix them with other fish food (I would also add nori for vefetables) until it becomes paste like and put it in the clam shells. Than freeze the paste inside the shell and after freezeing, just place one of the shells on the sbustrate and see if you CB observes and maybe eats it.

    I got this idea from another forum I was browsing and this is similar to his way that he trains moorish idols to eat.
  6. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

    I'll definately give it a shot.... he wont eats n still gets fed better than anything in the tank lol... he doesnt look too thin n I think he is getting something off of the live rock but I'd like to see it.

    Ill give that a try n report back... what is Nori???
  7. David CWell Known MemberMember

    Nori is a type of seaweed I believe.

    This is a really good idea ATP, glad it's been mentioned here now.

  8. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

  9. locoyo386Well Known MemberMember

    When I had mine, he took to the New Life Spectrum Pallets really well. You could try the Finiky Eater foods by them.
  10. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

  11. locoyo386Well Known MemberMember

    Your welcome, also note that the CBB is hard to keep, They do not take well to any agression from tankmates. I learned this the hard way.
  12. Stang ManWell Known MemberMember

    Have you tried live foods such as live brine? They really like that.
  13. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

    My tank is VERY calm and more fire fish, blennys, and gobys my most aggressive fish is my maroon clown that leaves everyone alone as lond as you dont mess w his anemoe lol he loves that thing

    I cant get live brine anymore my LFS that I usually got it from cant get it for a resonable price anymore.
  14. Stang ManWell Known MemberMember

    can you get the eggs if you can there's DIY online to make your own hatchery but salinity is key I believe the best way to hatch brine is a salinity of 1.035 and after they hatch keep them at a temp of 65 degrees. iknow it's alot to do but once you master it it really is not that hard. Coppers are very finicky eaters and usually like anything in a reef so be careful. I would also try blood worms live if you can get those.
  15. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

    I can get the eggs and I might have to try that thx for the info
  16. locoyo386Well Known MemberMember

    That sounds like it will be fine. How big is your maroon? You do know that they are very defensive and are more aggressive when they have an anemone? Also the bigger they get the more territory they associate with their space (the place where the anemone locates itself at).
  17. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

    hes not but about 3/4 or a 1.0 in length and hes ok as long as there are no other clowns in there or..... MY ARM FEEDING CORALS lol
  18. locoyo386Well Known MemberMember

    He is still small, so there will be no issues yet. When he gets around 2-3 inches you will notice the difference. Mine is in a 10 gallon and he is about 3", he has become very agressive and more territorial. I will be moving him into one of my 55's, he will melow out for a while. When they get around 6", they are very aggressive and very territorial. When they get that big, they can easily claim a radius of about 2 feet as their territory. The true and false perculas are not as bad, but they are also very territorial when they host something (specially an anemone).

    Is it eating anything yet?

    His is in your 125 gallon tank?

    You have a marron and a pair of black and whilte o's?
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2010
  19. Morgan111Well Known MemberMember

    hes evidentially still picking off of the live rock I've still not seen him eat but we have had him for three weeks and he still looks good so he is eating something amd maybe eating at night.

    yes he is in the 125

    I lost one of the blacks last year and the other on Sun. he jumped to his death.... cand happen asnymore I closed off every opening.

    well he likes his anemoe but if he gets too aggressive I'll have to get him out of there.
  20. locoyo386Well Known MemberMember

    Sorry to hear about your loss, hope that copperband does great. If you see no weight loss on the fish, than mostlikely he will be fine.