Copperband Butterfly
Chelmon rostratus

Care Level

Low

Placement

Any

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

8" - 12"

Minimum Tank Size

150 gallon

Color

Orange, Yellow, White

Diet

Carnivore

Water Conditions

72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025

Description


General: The Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) naturally occupies the Indian Ocean, and reefs surrounding Australia, and Indonesia. The Copperband Butterflyfish will reach a length of eight inches, is not considered to be "reef safe", and should be kept in an aquarium larger than 180 gallons. This Butterflyfish is typically a peaceful marine fish species that should be added after having "cycled" a new aquarium. The Copperband Butterflyfish is a particularly docile, and sensitive fish. It is critical to consider which companions, and feeding strategies to include when keeping the Copperband Butterflyfish.

Aquarium Diet (Corallivorous): The Copperband Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rostratus) is naturally an omnivore, primarily preying upon benthal (bottom dwelling) invertebrates such as coral, mussels, and crustaceans. It is often ideal to provide a balanced diet for omnivorous Butterflyfish containing an algae, such as Spirulina, as well. It is important to have an established culture of copepods, or amphipods before introducing the Copperband Butterflyfish. The Copperband Butterflyfish may also be utilized as a biological control for aquarium pests such as Aiptasia, and Bristleworm.


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