Native to the Philippines and Indonesia, these fish are what one usually finds when looking for a Copperband. Its cousin, the Australian Copperband is rare and more delicate. This fish has a white body with yellow wide stripes outlined in black. It has a black band across the eyes. The fins are yellow, with the posterior dorsal having a black eye-spot to confuse predators. The long nose/mouth is used for hunting inside crevices and holes. This fish is the first one thought of when a tank has aiptasia anemones it needs to get rid of. It is a difficult eater and should be feed with lots of patience and care. Known also as a Beaked Coralfish and a Copper Banded Butterflyfish.
Size: sm. 2" to 2 1/2"; med. 3" to 4"
No. in Tank: ONE!
Tank: min. 55 gallon
Food: (Omnivore) A shy and delicate feeder, it can be very difficult to get this fish to eat. Much care and patience is needed when feeding a varied diet. Offer many different feeds until you find the foods your fish will eat. Feed three times a day.
Adaptation: A delicate and fragile fish, especially the small sized, it needs a well-balanced aquarium with exceptionally high quality water. Also a fragile fish that requires careful handling when introducing it into the aquarium. Acclimates slowly.
Compatibility: Best in a peaceful, community tank without other butterflyfish, even its own species. Will be OK in a large reef system, but will nip at soft corals and small polyped stony corals. Stress-inducing fish are an absolute no-no!
**BEST FOR EXPERIENCED AQUARISTS