African Butterfly Fish

African Butterfly Fish

 

African Butterfly Fish General Information
Size Up to 3.9inches or 10cm
Fish Hardiness Fairly easy to care for
Water Temperature 73.4-86°F or 23-30°C
Water Ph 6.0-7.0 pH
Water Hardness 3-11 dH
Peaceful or Aggressive Peaceful in general towards same sized and larger fish but aggressive towards and will eat smaller surface fish
Number of same species in tank Two or more
Community Fish Yes but do not put fish known to be fin nippers with them in the same fish tank
Sexes Not easy to determine until spawning. The female has a straight anal fin while the male has a more rounded anal fin
Strata Top
Food Flake food, blood worms, and they love live foods
Breeding Difficult to breed
Breeding temperature 82.4-86°F or 28-30°C
Other names Freshwater Butterfly Fish
Scientific name Pantodon buchholzi
Lifespan 5 years

 

Ideal Aquarium Conditions

Community This funny looking fish will add good contrast to your community tank. They are mostly found on the surface of the water and because they can jump a tight fitting canopy is necessary.

When keeping this species in your community tank your other fish should be selected very carefully. Fin eaters like Barbs are really not a good idea. Bottom dwellers and peaceful tank mates though would not be any problem.