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Old 01/07/2008, 09:36 AM   #1
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Copperband butterfly feeding trick

From all of the reading I have done it seems that the most common difficulty in getting a new copperband butterfly is getting them to eat prepared foods.
I thought I would share a technique that I used successfully on my first CBB.

When I first brought it home it would pick at the sponge filter in the QT tank a little bit, but wouldn't take any food that was 'moving', wither in the water column or floating around the bottom of the tank.
I stuffed an empty snail shell with mysis and other meaty foods and dropped it to the bottom of the tank. After a short time he found the shell and picked all of the food out.

This technique was more important after I put him in the display with a couple of clowns and a greedy damsel. The CBB still couldn't figure out how to grab food out of the water column.
By this time he was fully used to the shell being dropped to the bottom of the tank, though. He would chase it down immediately.

Little by little he got used to chasing food around the bottom of the tank. MAny times he would suck all of the food out of the shell in one big clump, too much to eat at once, then have to chase it down before the others got to it. A few weeks later he is finally competing with the other fish and getting his share of the free floating food as soon as I drop it in the tank.

I hope this helps!
I'm interested to hear other success stories.

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Old 01/07/2008, 10:14 AM   #2
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Very similar to my technique that I've described to others (it's got a 100% success rate):

Take a mussel and crack it open (or crack the shell) enough so the copperband can get it's snout in, but other fish can not... Put in a place (attached to a magnet cleaner) where the copperband frequents. It will figure out that there is food in there eventually...

As in your case they are easily trained to this location/event. Then you can replace with other prepared foods.


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Old 01/07/2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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wow great ideas everyone!

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Old 01/07/2008, 05:56 PM   #4
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Old 01/07/2008, 09:40 PM   #5
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good ideas as this is going to be a future fish in my tank!!!

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Old 01/09/2008, 02:49 PM   #6
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did the same with my longnose. its just that mine are weend to use a plastic mesh feeder eventually, i just dont like the food all over the tank. and, i used a rock with a hole insted of a shell, than a mesh envelope with food attached to the rock.

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