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Copperband Butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus)

The Copperband Butterflyfish or Chelmon rostratus is just one of the over 120 different species of Butterflyfish in the world. This particular species is found in the Indian Ocean, and can be differentiated from the others by its false eyespot on the rear dorsal fin, and by its long slender nose and mouth which it uses to find food in tight spots. They also have orange vertical stripes that run through their white bodies, and can grow to about 8" in maximum length. You can check out the Copperband Butterflyfish underwater in the video below...

Copperband Butterflyfish go by a couple other names including the Beaked Butterflyfish, Beaked Coralfish, and the Orange Stripe Butterfly. Although this saltwater fish is kept in an aquarium, it is not the easiest fish to care for. A large reef aquarium or community tank of 60 gallons or more is recommended with the following water conditions, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4 and sg 1.020-1.025. One big bonus of housing the Copperband Butterflyfish in your tank is the fact that they can control aiptasia or glass anemones. These fish are carnivores that need a variety of meaty foods including brine shrimp and mysis shrimp an clams to keep it happy and healthy. Once established the Copperband Butterflyfish can live about 4 years.Copperband Butterflyfish should not be kept with other Butteflyfish, but can be kept with most other peaceful saltwater fish.

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