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    Copper band butterfly sick

    I am on my third copper band butterfly this time around. My last system, I had one for years with no issues. The first one was fine for 2 weeks, then dies while I was on vacation. It looks like he got trapped against my eheim power head and died of stress. No other damage other than where the contact was with my power head. The last two have just been disoriented. By day 2 or 3 in the system, they are laying down. The only common sign is rapid breathing and no orientation. There are no external signs I can see. I have other fish (tomini tang, Xmas wrasse, and cherub angel.) They have been unaffected through the entire thing.

    It seems odd for disease to strike like this. Ich and velvet have a long life cycle. Why day 2 or 3 on 2 different fish from 2 different stores. Is there an out of balance chemical that could do this? It looks like it was eating aptasia. Could a flat worm poison it if on the aptasia?

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    How did he do in quarantine? I know you quarantined right?

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    copperbands are extremely sensitive and have a low survival rate. Have tried many times. Currently have had one in quarantine 2 weeks.
    Is eating but unless there are pigging out will not likely survive once they have competition for food.
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    He isn't starving to death now. I didn't remember them being this delicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webster1234 View Post
    How did he do in quarantine? I know you quarantined right?
    Not a proper QT. He is in a satellite tank.

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    they are a hit or miss. You can go through several before finding a winner.

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    Mine died in quarantine, had been eating somewhat. have only had one survive
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