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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AJ - 2008-06-18
Do these fish have poison glands or Barbs on them... Out of curiosity, I touched mine on the top gently, and my finger burned like I got stung by 5 fire ants for about 10 min. I won't be doing that again. XD.

Atkin - 2008-06-11
I love these guys, I'm thinking of getting a few to add with my african lung sometime in the future. Their habit of staying at the surface works well with my predatorial bottom feeding lungfish.

Gary hedman - 2008-06-10
I have in my pond, about an acre, an albino catfish which would probably weigh between 8 to 10 lbs. It has survived numerous osprey, that dive my pond frequently after fish. Also aligators, very visible and very pretty. I was just wondering if anyone has any info or would like for me to send pictures. thank you for responding.

Rowan - 2008-03-04
Well done! very good info.

Matt - 2007-08-11
If you are lucky enough to have one or more of these great fish, enjoy them. I recently lost both of mine (they are in the picture above) and spent the past couple of weeks looking for replacements. I ended up driving 30 miles to get them. The cool part is when i was waiting in line at the pet shop everyone in line wanted to know what they were. Now I get to teach two more fish all about eating spiders

jon - 2007-04-30
My son's just brough one of these fantastic fish and its happy in my 70L tank. The long finned zebra danios are fully grown and the only fish that could be at risk. He enjoys twilight feeding of discus food from hand and spends noon sheltering under the floating plants. If the carnivous plants dont get any flys first, I shall feed the flys to him.

daniel - 2007-04-23
I have a Butterfly Fish, aptly named Angel, in a 75 gallon tank with 4 Banjo Cats, 3 Kuhli and 2 Chinese Hillstream Loaches, 6 Fire Mouth and 2 Dwarf Flag Cichlids, 7 Tiger Barbs, 10 Cherry Barbs, 20 or so Neon Tetras, a Clown, Albino, and Common Pleco, and 2 Albino African Clawed Frog. It is a well planted environment with hiding places for them all. It includes blue moon light when the timer shuts the daytime lights off. The Butterfly is definitely the master of his domain and doesn

Brandi & Nathan - 2006-09-22
I had a Butterfly for a few months, but lost him to my cat. (I had him in a small tank with no cover) I just recently got another one and we put him in the comunity tank this time. (It has a lid) He is with a Beta, Gouramis, a Rainbow Shark, 2 Red Fin sharks, Sahara, Black Rubber Eel, Dragonfish, a few goldfish, Yoyo Loach, a Lace Catfish, 2 Flat Catfish, algae eaters and some snails. They all seem to be 1 big happy family in a 55 gallon tank.

Matt O'Sullivan - 2006-09-20
Sometimes when I put one food item in the tank, like a daddy long leg spider, the butterfly may lose track of it. When they do, they will get agitated and swum back & forth in a "search pattern" until they find it & then pounce. The other thing I have noticed is that while they normally ignore the other fish in the tank, there are two exceptions. First, when a fish accidentally swims between them and the unfortunate bug, they will bully them out of the way. Secondly, when I put a lot of prey in the tank, 10 or 12 small crickets from the pet shop, they will go into a shark like "feeding frenzy" and will chase and snap at smaller fish which make the mistake of being on the surface at the time.

Jason Weiss - 2006-09-06
I had a butterfly for 2 years. I never had a problem with it and my other fish. I have a large angel fish, a dojo loach, some gouramis and a ropesnake. It loved crickets whenever the store had them, and freeze dried krill. And like someone else said, it loved live bugs of any sort. I'm sure my neighbors thought i was crazy for always chasing bugs outside. Unfortunately, i left the lid up when i went to get my bucket to vaccum the tank, and he jumped out. He never recoverd :( I had him for a while and forgot to keep it closed one time. So always remember to keep the top sealed.