African Butterfly Fish Care Sheet

African Butterfly FishGeneral Information
SizeUp to 3.9inches or 10cm
Fish HardinessFairly easy to care for
Water Temperature73.4-86°F or 23-30°C
Water Ph6.0-7.0 pH
Water Hardness3-11 dH
Peaceful or AggressivePeaceful in general towards same sized and larger fish but aggressive towards and will eat smaller surface fish
Number of same species in tankTwo or more
Community FishYes but do not put fish known to be fin nippers with them in the same fish tank
SexesNot easy to determine until spawning. The female has a straight anal fin while the male has a more rounded anal fin
FoodFlake food, blood worms, and they love live foods
BreedingDifficult to breed
Breeding temperature82.4-86°F or 28-30°C
Other namesFreshwater Butterfly Fish
Scientific namePantodon buchholzi
Lifespan5 years

This funny looking fish will add good contrast to your community tank. They are mostly found on the surface of the water and because they can jump a tight fitting canopy is necessary.

When keeping this species in your community tank your other fish should be selected very carefully. Fin eaters like Barbs are really not a good idea. Bottom dwellers and peaceful tank mates though would not be any problem. 
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