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Old May 14th, 2013, 03:30 AM   #1
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Default Copperband Butterfly- Reef Safe?

I know Live Aquaria and Reef Tank both caution about Copperbands being safe n reef tanks. The one in the New York Presbyterian Hospital ER tank definitely isn't. When I broke my ankle in late March I watched him eating live rocks and coral non-stop for over an hour. When I checked him out a month later, he had denuded the bottom third of the reef of virtally everything. Someone in fish maintenance should straighten this out, but then again, they didn't do a great job on my ankle either.
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Old May 14th, 2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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copperband and long nose r supposed to be reef safe
they haven't read the book
I had a klien, should be reef safe and eats aptasia
after there is no more he starteed to eat my coral
not an easy task catching him in a 150 reef
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Old May 18th, 2013, 05:32 AM   #3
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Default Bad Copperband

This one is in about a 250 gallon reef tank, and sees so many people that it is oblivious to anyone trying to stop it. I banged on the tank a few times, but it just kept gorging itself. It must have bitten the reef 100 times in one hour.
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Old May 19th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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there is no set rule
I have seen them in reefs where they r fine.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 01:41 PM   #5
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I tried to tell them that it was eating their reef, but I was there with a broken ankle on Good Friday and I guess they thought I was just high on oxycodone.
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Old May 26th, 2013, 12:18 PM   #6
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r u still on it?/
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Old May 28th, 2013, 06:49 PM   #7
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U bet!. Only way I can walk down up and down the subway stairs. My doctor says a have a goos potential lawasuit against my insurance comapny for losing 2 months worth of premuiums.
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It is a hit or miss with fish like this, it depends on hoe much you feed and how frequently.
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Old January 2nd, 2014, 11:27 PM   #9
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those r one of thoses fish u take a chance on
i know some that have no problems and other that killed major corals
they seem to like fleshie corals like brain or most lps.
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Default Definition of Reef Safe

I take our that the greatest misconception in the hobby is that"reef safe" means all Reefs... In the term reef safe as related to the Copperband butterfly fish does not mean sPs reef safe or soft coral safe. A majority of the animals diet consists of polyps and sponges. Now the reason hobbyist typically buy the fish is to eat aiptasia anemones which are first and foremost a soft polyped animal(anemone). When those are no longer available the fish still has to eat. Now in a lps tank I've not encountered butterfly fish eating Montepora..The fish are safe but the reef tank has to be housed with the inhabitants in mind in order to maintain harmony. There are fish foods which contain sponges and foods just for butterfly fish.
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