Animal Stories - African Butterflyfish

Animal-World Information about: African Butterflyfish

The Freshwater Butterflyfish has pectoral fins that are prettily patterned and look just like butterfly wings!
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Chad - 2010-08-01
Would an African butterfly eat Cardinal or neon tetras?

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  • Jessica - 2010-08-09
    My husband and I have our 55 gal. and one butterfly fish to share the great tank with 8 neons and several tropical fish. However, the last few days we have lost 3 tetras and cannot find a single one. It only happens when the lights are out for the night so maybe it is a night stalker. The only discrepancy I see with this is that the tetras go no where near the top and the butterfly fish goes no where near the bottom. But you never know so watch out.
  • joe - 2010-10-30
  • spencer - 2010-11-15
    Since neon and cardinal tetras are the same size and I saw a neon tetra being eaten up by a butterflyfish in my friend's house who uses fishes about 6cm and below as feeder fish, yeah. Butterflyfish would eat both cardinal and neon tetras.
Matt - 2006-03-28
I have kept African Butterflies for about 9 years. I had one for 6 before he passed away. Most of the shops in my area stopped carrying them. I found one & my wife brouht another from the same shop on the same day. We keep them in a 50 U.S. gallon community tank. They generally ignore the other fish. They love daddy long leg spiders and moths. We have recently started feeding them crickets from the pet store, react like sharks at the smell of blood. When they see a single prey item, they will slowly stalk until in position & then move very quickly. I have seen them get agressive with each other during feeding time, otherwise they stay at opposite ends of the tank. Be warned, you need a tight fitting lid or you will lose them.

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  • lindsey - 2010-07-03
    Hi I was wondering if a gourami would do fine with the african butterfly fish? And would a 29 gallon tank be ok for them?
  • debbie - 2010-11-10
    Well I have 4 african butterfly fish that were eating crickets and one day they all stopped and won't eat anything for 10 days now. Would you know what could be wrong?
Jennifer - 2009-12-16
are these fish poisoness or anything that could harm other big fish cause i had a 3 year old jack dempsy in the tank and the 2 day i had these fish my jack died and he had 4 little nip marks with fuzz on him and i just wanna know everything about thses little guys? please help thank you

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  • Jackie - 2010-02-22
    They are not poisonous, however if the dempsy was floating, the butterfly could have taken nips of it. The fuzz sounds like it could be a fungus, or it could be tissue damage after the fish died.
  • yulian - 2010-03-08
    no they are not poisonous
    try putting them in a tank with fish the same size
  • Amber - 2010-09-24
    Hmm... I don't think they are poisonous, I have one myself and he is in a tank with my jack dempsey, 2 red tailed sharks, 3 sucker fish, and my cute lil guppy..and he just chills at the top, the other fish bump him from time to time but he shows no aggression..kind of a weird mixture I got going, but they seem to find their tank buddies and hang out with
Tammy Hyde - 2010-09-07
I used to have just one 3 & 1/2 inch African Butterfly Fish, now, I got another, a little bigger. I've watched the first go from a very quiet guy, preferring to have his food delivered right by him, to one who now jumps around my goldfish to "attack" his food! He even comes to the front of the tank waiting for supper! One of the most unique and beautiful fish I've ever had.

taylor - 2010-05-31
I've had my butterfly fish for a little over a day now and every time I walk over to the tank to feed it it swims down and hides and it hasn't eaten yet. Why is he doing this and what should I do?

KJ - 2009-02-20
I have a butterfly fish, and angelfish in the same aquarium...the problem is that I have very hard water with a high ph of 8.2....I've tried liquid peat solution and salts to adjust the only temporarily for short periods of time...not much luck...any suggestions? I have high levels of calcium carbonate and bicarbonate in my well water.

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  • jay134 - 2010-03-11
    Try using ro water, @ a ratio of about 50% tap water and 50%ro, then adjust accordingly. Hopefully your levels should stabilize.
some fish lover! - 2009-10-23
I have a butterfly fish along with a mudskipper and 2 minnows and they get along just fine. The mudskipper sits on the rock we have and hides under while the minnows stay in the middle and the butterfly fish stays on the top. I would recommend this fish to anyone who has a freshwater tank.

taylor swope - 2009-02-16
how about putting prices up..

AIDAN - 2008-11-23
Thanks. What do African Butterfly's eat because I can't get mine to eat crickets. What else should I feed it. Please help me!?

suckonmelefone - 2008-10-27
Hello, people. I currently have 2 butterfly fish in a 50 ltr tank living with 6 cherry barbs, 3 filamented barbs, and a bristle nose catfish. I've had them for a few months now and I must say they are a spectacular species to have. So far mine dine on crickets, freeze dryed blackworms, and flakes, but crickets are there favourite. They mostly stay close to the leaves of plants that meet the water surface except when something moves close to their nose. I highly recommend them to anyone.