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The Copperband Butterflyfish, scientifically known as Chelmon rostratus, is a captivating and graceful marine fish known for its distinctive appearance and peaceful demeanor. With its unique coloration and elongated body, the Copperband Butterflyfish is a sought-after species in the aquarium hobby.


  • Average Size: 6-8 inches
  • Max Size: 8 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 75 gallons or larger


Temperament: The Copperband Butterflyfish is generally peaceful but may exhibit aggression towards conspecifics (same species) and other butterflyfish. It's important to introduce them to a well-established tank with plenty of hiding spots to reduce stress.


Unique Traits: Known for its striking appearance, the Copperband Butterflyfish has a long, slender body adorned with vertical bands of copper, black, and white. Its extended snout allows it to feed on small invertebrates hiding in coral crevices.


Origin: Native to the Indo-Pacific region, including the waters of the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Indian Ocean. It is commonly found in coral-rich environments and lagoons.


Other Names:

  • Beaked Butterflyfish
  • Orange Stripe Butterflyfish


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The Copperband Butterflyfish can be a bit challenging to feed initially. It primarily feeds on small invertebrates, including polychaete worms, copepods, and amphipods. Introduce a variety of live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, and high-quality marine pellets. It may also accept small pieces of seafood.


Characteristics and Looks: This butterflyfish is characterized by its distinctive copper-colored bands that run vertically along its body. Its long snout and slender body contribute to its elegant appearance. The Copperband Butterflyfish is known for its graceful swimming movements.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • gH (General Hardness): 8-12 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 8-12 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 32-45 ppm
  • Temperature: 74-78°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

CopperBand Butterfly

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