Everyone knows that families who have pets are often the happiest ones. But if you are busy all the time with young children which cannot fulfill the responsibilities that come with dogs or cats, fish make the ideal companion. Not only are they brightly colored, but they can also put on quite the show when it’s feeding time.
One of the most interesting and exotic-looking members of the aquarium-friendly list is the copperband butterflyfish. But before you go out and purchase one to add to the emulated ecosystem, you must first find out how to feed a copperband butterfly fish, and how to generally care for it as well. Here is what you need to know on this topic.
About the Copperband Butterflyfish
To better understand the species and its needs, a short description of its anatomy and behavior is in order. The copperband butterflyfish is a rather popular member of many households and their adjacent fish tanks. This Pacific and Indian Ocean native is also known as the beaked coralfish, the beaked butterflyfish, or the orange stripe butterfly.
It is called ‘copperband’ or ‘orange stripe’ because it exhibits yellowish-orange vertical bands alongside its body which have a black rim. The rear dorsal fin of the species presents a false black eyespot. For this reason, it is rather easy to recognize in a group. The term ‘beaked’ in its common denominations refers to its mouth and nose, which are long and narrow.
It uses them to get deep into holes and crevices in search of food. Animal Planet describes the copperband butterflyfish as a solitary little fellow that is best kept in peaceful community tanks without any others of its kind, or from the same genus even. Furthermore, it has a particularly shy personality, which means that it cannot survive alongside overly active swimmers.
How to Feed It Properly
Even though the copperband butterflyfish is pretty to look at, these little ones can become quite high-maintenance once feeding time rolls around. Due to their tendency to nibble on anything, they are amazing for fish tank pest control. In fact, these nifty swimmers take care of anything from fan worms to glass anemones and back.
This will keep them satiated for a while, but if not fed correctly, they usually wither and die before your very eyes. In order to prevent such a thing from taking place on your watch, you need to understand their picky nature a bit better. Copperband butterflyfish can flourish and live long and healthy lives provided they are ensured appropriate nutrition.
A little-known fact about their dietary habits is that they enjoy variety. Therefore, stocking up on black worms and brine is essential, but that’s not everything that you can do for them. Did you know that copperband butterflyfish enjoy clams as much as wrasses, if not more? If you’re running out of options, consider this alternative.
Come mealtime, throw a clam still in its shell in the tank. If you have any wrasses or cleaner shrimp around, they will immediately gather around it to tear it apart. But your copperband butterflyfish might just show up and usher them away so that it can enjoy the tasty seafood treat by itself. As long as the tank is peaceful, it will be able to do so.
And once that happens, it won’t be able to get enough. CBB’s can eat even two scallops at a time, which will fulfill their appetite and keep them nourished. Anyone who has struggled with feeding one will tell you that a satiated copperband is a rare sight in any aquarium, so why not spoil the little guy as much as you can?
As long as you place the snack inside the shell, it will be able to stick to its foraging nature. The problem with maintaining their lifespan is that they usually don’t eat food that is simply lying around. But by hiding treats inside shells at first, you will train them to eat various things, and thus shape their patterns so that they are easier to take care of.
This doesn’t mean that your copperband butterflyfish will become a lower maintenance pet, but it does mean that it will live for way longer. As you can see, with the right approach anything is possible as far as your home aquarium is concerned. And once the swimmer is trained, your kids will have a great time feeding it as well!
The Bottom Line
Copperband butterflyfish are notoriously picky eaters. Due to this, many owners struggle with feeding them, and the little guys tend to wither and die faster than normal. But if you dedicate a bit of time each day to training them, you will quickly manage to expand their diet and keep them happy and healthy for the longest time possible.