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      Reef Keeper

      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Chelmon rostratus
      Common Names: Copperband Butterflyfish, Copperbanded Butterflyfish, Beaked Butterflyfish, Beaked Coralfish, Orangestripe Butterflyfish
      Max. size: 20.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 1 - 25 m
      Distribution: Western Pacific = Andaman Sea to Ryukyu Islands and Australia.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 28-30; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 19-21. Easily identified by the yellow banding and long snout. Juveniles similar to adults. Distinguished from C. marginalis by its color pattern and number of dorsal fin rays (fewer in C. rostratus.
      Biology: A common species found singly and in pairs along rocky shores and coral reefs; also in estuaries and silty inner reefs. Territorial species.
      Aquarium Care: This species, unfortunately, has varied survival rates in captivity. Some hobbyists find this species difficult due to the variance of hardiness. Each specimen would have to be looked at as an individual. Some specimens acclimate to their new environment within a few days and start to eat fresh and frozen foods, while others refuse to eat or accept any foods other than live. There are some aquarists that can salvage this fish, and even hand feed them. Keep with non-aggressive tankmates. The Copperband Butterflyfish will be aggressive toward members of the same or similar species, unless a male-female pair. May nip at LPS, some soft corals, and zoanthids. Usually safe with SPS. Great for control of Aiptasia spp. and polychaete worms. Live foods may be needed to get the Copperband to eat. These include live freshwater clams or black mussels with their shells broken open. They should be offered mysid shrimp, marine fish, crustacean and frozen carnivore preparations.
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      Keywords: Copperband Butterflyfish; Copperbanded Butterfly; Beaked Coralfish; Orangestripe Butterflyfish

  1.   Tue December 22, 2015 1:36pm Rating: 10.00 
    1. N1Husker
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      Registered: July 2011
      Location: Olalla, WA.
      Posts: 1,471

      I just bought one and he is eating and picking at the rocks. I hope he does well. 12/19/2015

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