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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Fish of the Week: African Butterfly Fish

The African Butterfly Fish is one of a myriad of strange fish.

This fish likes to hang out at the top of the aquarium and can be territorial if you have other fish that are top dwelllers. Otherwise, this fish can be a great community fish.

It is a good idea to keep this fish in an aquarium that has a hood; this fish can jump out quite easily.


Stats:

A.K.A: Freshwater butterfly fish, butterfly fish

Origin: Africa


Member of:Pantodontidae

Temperment: Non-aggressive or aggressive depending if other top dwelling fish are present then it will fight to protect its territory. This fish should not be kept with small fish as this fish may eat them.

Life Span: Can live to be about 5 years old.

Aquarium Conditions:
-ph: 6.5 to 7.0
-temperature: 77-82 degrees

Tank Size: A minimum of 10 gallons is recommended.

Fully Grown Size: about 4 inches

Food: freeze-dried blood worms, tropical fish flakes

Breeding: These fish are usually hard to breed.

Sexing: The male is usually smaller than the female unless the female is carrying eggs.

Tank Mates: Any fish that is a community fish that is bigger than the African butterfly fish's mouth.

Where to purchase these fish: Click on the link below


Pantodon buchholzi Pantodon buchholzi "African Butterfly Fish"

Resources:
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