Copperbanded Butterflyfish refusing to eat - Tricks to get it eating

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good news mate. very good news I reckon you have cracked it !!!

My fussy coral beauty has gone from eating nothing to now even consuming flake, pellets and whatever goes in the tank. My foxface is playing the hard to eat game though as it seems to be so shy. hopefully in a couple of days once it has settled in more it will get munching away. Amazing how attached you can get to fish ....

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Well, today's weigh in, 11g

So gained half a gram this week since being in the sump with the stronger flow, so he's clearly building muscle mass.

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Good news.  It all seems to be paying off.
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Reply #63

Today's weigh-in: 12.3g!

Heaviest he's been since I've been weighing him.

And he took some catching! Put up more of a fight than ever. Getting strong now. :D

So here's the log...

15th September: 11.7g
22nd September: 11.5g
29th September: 10.5g
06th October: 11g
13th October: 12.3g
20th October: 12.3g
Last Edit: Oct 20, 2013 9:27:38 pm by i-CONICA
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Going up faster than he came down.  Going to be a fatty before long :-)
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Reply #65

Yep, very pleased.

It's a combination of food and flow, building strength and muscle.

In the breeding net, I missed that crucial second component. So his belly was fat but still losing weight, wasting away...

Now in the sump with the power head he's got a more realistic level of current to fight, plus having to dodge the chaeto ball must be helping too.
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Awesome,  I have this idea of trying to keep either one of these or a long nose butterfly fish, post has definitely given me rhe confidence to try if I see either come up for sale.
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #67

Really? I'd have thought it'd put people off seeing all the trouble I've been through with it.

Which do you prefer?
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Reply #68

I really don't know! The copper band is stunning, and the long nose just looks like it has bags of personality.
I should really sort this out!!

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Today's weigh in, 20th October: 12.3g.

So I've out him back in the display tank now. The yellow Tang is giving him a hard time again, so that'll likely depress him a bit and put him off his food. I've got a bad feeling history will repeat itself...

Fingers crossed. :)
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Reply #70

Good stuff you've done well, beautiful fish.

The tumbling chaeto might of helped as well as the flow as it'd have to move around more, might even toughen him up in regards to eating with the other fish having something constantly moving near him while he eats, I know it's not the same as other fish but never know could help a tiny bit.

Well done and best of luck.

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Reply #71

He's been in there 6 days, and initially the Yellow Tang put him in his place, but the copperband has been behaving very differently from the first time it was in the display tank. Pretty much all the fish bullied it because it wouldn't fight back, so it was too intimidated to take food, and it wasn't eating any foods anyway.

Now, after the Yellow Tang had his say, the copperband started defending himself and actually winning some fights. He's now not at the bottom of the pack and not at the bottom of the food queue.

He's eating brine shrimp confidently in the tank and he might be taking the odd bit of mysis. I've been feeding a Mussel every night, as the copperband is very active at night, when most other fish are in bed, so he gets more of the Mussel.

Previously he wouldn't even look at a Mussel, now he's pecking at it before it hits the bottom.

So hopefully that's it, fish saved.
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It would appear a rare success story, I don't actually want to say it though and jinx it.
Well done BTW
I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #73

So glad this worked out well for you Mike. It's great to see something which looks to be going so wrong finally pull through and go right. Spot on chap !!!

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Excellent news!
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