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BADGUS
10/01/2011, 07:33 PM
I received a redfin butterfly fish and have been reading it eats coral pops only.Will it survive?

snorvich
10/01/2011, 07:41 PM
Obligate coral feeders virtually never survive unless you feed them coral. You could try and get coral skeletons and smear nutramar ova paste into them.

SDguy
10/01/2011, 07:41 PM
So many easier choices to choose from. WWM has a pretty good breakdown...
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/BFsBestWrst.htm

BADGUS
10/03/2011, 07:58 AM
I didn't realize how hard it was before purchasing,one of those dumb impulse buys i suppose.I have seen him pick at angel frozen marine mix and also some flake food.i tried the Nutra mar steve,he spits it out.

snorvich
10/03/2011, 08:58 AM
I didn't realize how hard it was before purchasing,one of those dumb impulse buys i suppose.I have seen him pick at angel frozen marine mix and also some flake food.i tried the Nutra mar steve,he spits it out.

Nutramar is my go to food for difficult feeders. Live black worms is my other but I am doubtful that this would work for your fish. Worth a try I suppose. Obligate coral feeders can often be tricked into eating if you put coral smeared with a paste of mysis, etc.

BADGUS
10/03/2011, 09:33 AM
I need some coral skeletons,i don't have any atm.let me ask around.

SkullV
10/03/2011, 10:08 AM
You can also try the new D-D H2Ocean paste smeared into a skeleton if Ova doesn't work.

SDguy
10/03/2011, 10:19 AM
Also, even though they naturally eat acros and such, back in the days we would squish food into dead LPS skeletons, like open brain corals. The food stuck in there better, and the fish would go for it.

Also, maybe something in this article can be of help:
http://glassbox-design.com/2010/obligate-corallivore-captivity/

BADGUS
10/03/2011, 11:13 AM
Thanks sdguy,i will give this a go today when i get home.

Reefing Newbie
10/03/2011, 05:15 PM
Too bad you don't live near me... I have several coral skeletons in my sump!

SDguy
10/07/2011, 07:42 AM
Any luck?

pktech
10/07/2011, 07:31 PM
I had one & the LFS said was eating everything, lol .. long story short - it ate nothing except fresh littleneck clams & it eventually died. Feed it some clams & get it back to the LFS, imo.

BADGUS
10/08/2011, 05:23 PM
It's picking at clams and I bought a pocillopora colony that its eating.ugh,bad decision.I think its going back to lfs.