The Copperband Butterfly Fish is a beautiful saltwater fish from the Indo-Pacific. These guys are white, with yellow bands running vertically across their bodies. Copperbands also have a “false eye” towards the back of their dorsal fins. They are pretty difficult to keep in the home aquarium and are only recommended for expert hobbyists. Copperband Butterfly Fish are very delicate and should only be added to a well established aquarium.
Copperband Butterfly Fish
Scientific Name: Chelmon rostratus
Natural Habitat: Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean, Australia.
Common Names: Copperband Butterfly, Beaked Coralfish.
Beginner Fish: No. Care level is difficult.
Adult Size: Up to 8 inches.
Life Span: 4+ Years.
Tank Mates: Try to keep them with peaceful marine fish. Avoid keeping with other butterfly fish.
Tank Size: 75 gallons and up.
Tank Region: Middle to bottom.
Water Temperature: 75°F – 82°F
Water pH: 8.1 – 8.4
Specific Gravity: 1.020-1.025
Carbonate Hardness: 8-12°
Feeding: Copperband Butterfly Fish are carnivors. It may be difficult to get them to start eating. Try to feed marine flake foods, brine shrimp and mysis shrimp. They will also eat aiptasia, which is glass anemones.
Gender: Hard to determine.