I've had my African Butterfly for almost six months now. I've been in love with the sheer hunting ability of this fish. Although "she" spends most of her time at the top of the tank. I've often found her floating mid-water in the middle of the tank tormenting the others. I recommend if you have this fish with any other larger fish to lower the amount of water in the tank, I've taken three of six months nursing her back because of a head injury from the tank top. I've gotten her to jump almost 2-2 1/2 inches from the water. Amazing contributions.
Great fish and very hard to find. Like N.McQuade said, mine also tends to come down and hide in a plant. Its a great fish and once it gets hungry and you throw in a dried shrimp, it sheer power towards it.
Very nice fish to have. I kept several over the years in a 55ga. community tanks. They will eat flake food. These fish will jump high and I lost a couple due to jumping out of the tank. Sadly my cat got to them before I did. The African Butterfly Fish can get a little pricey depending on where you buy them. It been awhile since I saw a nice one in a LFS, otherwise I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
these are awesome fish had one for about 3 years lost him because he jumped through about a 1 inch hole in the top mine preferred to stay at the top of the water all the time and loved to hide in top dwelling plants and did just fine on fish flakes would like to have another but as previously said they are hard to find
if you have problems feeding this fish i warn you that the lights can blind them to all floating past. you need a significant shaded area for them to dwell. food that riggles on the surface is best, african field crickets,spiders, centipedes, moths; all small enough for the fish of course. Interestingly they have not evolved their body shape in 100 million years. they looked the same at the time of the dinosaurs. they will strangely come to know who you are and swim at you or prepare for feeding. i find this weird in a wild, old fish that has not changed its habits in so long.
This is a pretty fish that i have had for over 2 years now. They like something to hide under and favor a spot in the tank in which they can rest. i usually feed mine on flake and pellets, but the other day decided to try something different. There happened to be a fly that was annoyingly buzzing round the room. i swatted it down and stunned it. i then dunked it in the tank so it couldn't fly away. He spotted it almost instantly and surged at it. after that there was a few scales in the water and a couple of chomps later it was gone. these fish are both unusual and beautiful. DO NOT keep fish that are either small enough or not fast enough to escape its maw. also take particular care for its bottom tendril type fins, as in bad water quality can become colonized by fungi. however it is usually treatable. if left too long though, the fungi can destroy whole fins. overall a great fish that i will continue to enjoy for many more years and one that looks good in a planted tank.
I bought my first one for my 75 gallon tank about 7 weeks ago. I enjoyed him so much I added a female about 3 weeks ago. I have recently started feeding them small crickets. They swallow them hole in one gulp. They really need some plants that go the the top of water or float.
Two words of advice, MAJOR TARGET. The long fins lure fish in to inspect and nibble on them. For visual purposes, I'd recommend three or more for a fifty gallon tank or larger. I've heard they get along well without problems. I only currently had one and I'm planning to get two more. My LFS always has a nice stock of these. Floating plants should be added for cover and for a more natural feel (especially amazon frogbit or water lettuce).
Beautiful and unusually ancient fish and they look it. A member of the Osteoglossidae family. (Arowanas, Saratogas etc) Like the Arowana, it's a jumper. Whilst the Arowana feeds by leaping up and catching bugs from overhead branches, the ABF, being much smaller may do this less often and appears to be content with ambush of surface prey. Nevertheless you will eventually lose them in open set-ups. These fish are mostly wild caught, and thus expensive, so to loose one after being caught and flown around the world is a travesty. Breeding can be difficult, possibly because of speciation between Congo and Niger basin populations. You may be unlucky and have one of each species. You'd not know to look at them. Indeed they may be split out into two or more species shortly. They are crepuscular and moonlight feeders and will be more inclined to move out from cover under these conditions to avoid predation from birds. It is during these nocturnal forays that it might attack smaller surface and mid level fish. Their hair trigger reactions to an attack from below will cause them to 'fly' and indeed early detection of attacks from below may be the purpose of the unusual pectoral and anal fins. They can become intolerant of con-specifics as the mature. A large tank would be required for more than one. Water conditions should approximate slow creeks and swamps.
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