Even more stunning than the avatar shows. Happy birthday! Can I borrow her? I found two silverfish in my tank this morning. Ewwww! Are you going to move them in the new tank?
Nah, I don't lend my pets.
Most likely I will move them to the new tank. I am not 100% sure yet... I want to stock that new tank with mostly small fish, and if those venture up to the surface much they are going the way of the grasshopper. So my 36 corner tank is the other option.
That's a cool picture. Look at those big scary jaws! I always wondered what looked funny about the mouth of the fish in your avatar.
The latest issue of TFH came just yesterday and there is an article in there by Ted Judy about breeding butterfly fishes. Maybe I will read it tonight before bed.
I just saw that article too... After having these fish kept for so long, I feel a bit ambivalent about the article. I can not agree to the recommendation to keep two or three in a 2x1 feet area tank, IMO that is not sufficient for them to get away from each other. Females are larger than males, and will beat them up if they are constantly in line of sight.
Also notice, the male in the photo on the left looks very starved, like you would find them in a pet store after not having eaten for months. The big female on the lower left looks fattened up, that's what flake food would probably do to them. The on on the upper left looks good... natural and happy. The natural position for them is to hang out at the surface. They will never be in the middle of the tank unless they got scared by something (like a hand) from above. That said, I can almost hand feed mine, just have to slowly open the canopy etc.
A butterfly fish would look cool in a West Africa biotope riparium tank with Anubias and other representative tank. The partially-filled layout might be an interesting novel way to view them. Do they get along OK with Pelvicachromis cichlids?
I would not put them together. Cichlids are naturally curious, and even if they are mostly inhabiting the lower half of the tank, the Butterflies' fin extensions will sooner or later draw their attention, and then things can turn very cruel for the AFBs. They are basically helpless against attacks from below.
Other than that they would be very nice inhabitants for a riparium. You could put a bunch of crickets in there, and in time, they would pick them from the leaves. Obviously, a tank too small will have them smash their heads into the glass when they jump after insects.