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Old 03-11-2019, 08:54 PM
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Fish Copperband Starving?

Heyy MR!

Where exactly is the stomach on a copperband? It is eating and constantly hunting. I see a bulge on the mid/lower portion of its body. Is that the stomach? I've read plenty of people saying their copperband has sunken stomachs.

I posted a link below. Would like to know if my copperband is being fed or starving. Thanks!

https://youtu.be/GkPFLBGHwmg
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:49 AM
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slightly past the pectoral fins, above the ventral fins, before the **** fin. CBB are picky eaters (usually slowly starve after they finish eating all aptasia) best have small foods (almost like feeding anthias) good luck!
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Old 03-13-2019, 09:29 AM
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Thanks, appreciate the help!
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:18 PM
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Do you have alot of aiptasia or glass anemone? Copper band will survive on pods too.

I got lucky. My copperband take frozen food and eat like a pig.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:28 PM
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It def eats pods, hes always picking off things from the rocks. He does eat Masstick which im giving regularly by attaching it to a rock. But not my prepared frozen. He doesn't seem to chase after my food. I just can't tell if he's full or starving by looking at his stomach.

Gonna keep doing what I do and hope for the best.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:04 PM
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The other day I found my copperband dead in my DT. I had kept him in a QT for about 4 months previously and started off feeding him mussels. I then started mixing in frozen and flake, which he ate eventually. After I was comfortable with him eating other foods I moved him the DT. He was in the DT for at least another 4 months but I don't think he could keep up with the other fish which eat aggressively. I presume he starved to death even though I did see him eating, (albeit very slowly). I'm not happy about it....needless to say.
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:25 PM
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Dang, that's so frustrating.That happened to my first CBB. I hand fed it everyday and then one morning I found it belly up. It might have been a bacterial issue (I'm guessing). Do CBB constantly need to be grazing on food like mandarins?
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Old 03-14-2019, 02:59 PM
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my buddy found his copperband dead last month after over 1.5yrs in his tank. His copperband was only taking pods.


My copperband take frozen brine shrimp and mytis shrimps. Mytis shrimp are more meaty and better for them than brine shrimps. I usually spread out the food over the pump so everyone get something to eat. I also have huge population of pops in my tank for him to eat too. He always go from rock to rock looking for pods.


https://youtu.be/x7WQBzeD3Xo
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:32 AM
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Try live black worms. My CBB wouldn't have made it through QT without them. He was picking at mysis but sparingly, but as soon as I offered him the worms he went after them with gusto. I was able to get him fattened in the QT on them so the transition to the DT was smooth. Now he eats more of the other foods I feed my fish and is not timid at all.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:44 AM
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Do you know where to get live black worms in LI?
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