Butterflyfish is a really odd looking fish but might make an interesting addition to the right tank. When viewed from above the Butterflyfish’s pectoral fins resemble butterfly wings. They come from slow flowing rivers in Africa so it would be good to put them in a tank with slower water movement. They seem to float much of the time, so if you’re looking for a really active fish this may not be the one for you. They are predatory and will eat smaller surface dwelling fish.
Butterflyfish will accept smaller fish food including flakes, frozen, freeze dried and live fish foods (crickets and worms). They may also eat smaller top dwelling fish.
Scientific Name : Pantodon buchholzi
Common Names : Freshwater Butterfly
Care Level : Easy to Moderate
Potential Adult Size : Up to 4 inches (10 cm)
Tank Conditions : pH: 6 – 7.5, Temperature: 75°F – 82°F (24°C – 28°C)
Lifespan : 5 years or longer
Origin / Habitat : Africa
Temperament / Behavior : May try to eat smaller fish that feed on the surface and smaller fish that hang near the surface, such as hatchet fish.
Breeding : They have been bred in captivity and are egg layers. Eggs will float to the surface and may get eaten by parents and other fish.
Aquarium Size : 20 gallon minimum
Tank Mates : They can be relatively peaceful if kept with similar sized and larger tank mates. Avoid keeping them with smaller top dwelling fish.
Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease
Diet / Foods : An omnivore – provide a varied diet with live food, frozen food and they should accept flake food. They really enjoy small insects such as crickets.