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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 02-23-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Butterflies in a Riparium?

I know this is a long shot, but having butterflies in a riparium sounds like something that would be a great thing to try. But I have a couple questions for all the butterfly gurus out there!
1. Could they be kept in a 20g high riparium? (low water level)
2. Do they need flowers or could they be fed by other means.
3. What type of butterfly would work?
4. How long would they be able to survive?

These are just questions! I probably wont be trying any in a riparium, but I would like to know if it would work!
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I think all butterflies eat nectar for the energy to fly. So, to keep them in a riparium would require that the plants there all be blooming, with flowers that attract butterflies. Otherwise they just starve. Then, of course, they do fly, so the riparium would have to be screened in to keep their range down to just the riparium. Assuming all of this works out, those butterflies would lay eggs and the eggs would hatch into the larva stage - caterpillars, which would eat the plants.

I don't think this is a winner.

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sugar water could replace nectar, but they eat other things too to get other minerals & nutrients.

Most of them only live for 1 season and they will only breed when the conditions are right and they can find a specific plant the caterpillar will eat. They're very specialized insects and won't do well in a small enclosure.

oh, this is a rip. You'll probably find them drowned sooner or later.


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Butterflies are not very coordinated. I would think they would get wet and die.

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Okay, so this is probably a no no. Unless you have a huge tank!
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I think there is nectar based food used for feeding lorakeets. I just don't think it would work though. Bummer. Cool idea.
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It would be a good idea if you had the space and time to build a huge 1000 gallon Paludarium.... But it would be sick as hell.
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it's a great idea- too butterflies are so tricky!

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Back in the late 90's there were "butterfly kits" you could buy. A friend of mine bought one for her kids. It was a 2 foot plastic cube, came with everything you needed to hatch (is that what butterflies do, hatch?) little white butterflies. I don't know what kind, or much about them, as I just couldn't bring myself to enclose a butterfly in a cube. Don't think this would work with an aquarium, water and butterflies don't mix.
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I hope you dont have any archer fish in there.
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Check out this tank, he has finches in his paludarium.


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Considered moths instead of butterflies? I think they might be a little tougher and do a little better.
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omg that tank with the finches is amazing, the birds even had babies!
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Check out this tank, he has finches in his paludarium.
All I can say is WOW!?! That is the best paludarium I have seen!

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i dont know if your still looking for info on this but ive been to this place a few times and they always had tons of info, neat place to see to. http://www.butterflies.org/ hell i dont even know if other places like this are out there.
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