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Old 01-11-2006, 02:12 AM   #1
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African Butterfly Fish

my 55gal is finally starting to finsh up its cycle. So, i want to begin learning about my next fish i want to ad. I want to get a pair of African Butterfly Fish. My hope is that by getting a pair (male and female) there won't be any territorial problems. My issue is i don't know how to sex i have looked up a lot of pages on them but none seem to have good discriptions on it. So if you have experince with them i would love to hear about sexing.
Also, i have read they are picky eaters and won't eat anything unless its on the surface of the water. I generally feed frozen brine shrimp (not so much anymore) and blood worms. the brine shrimp tends to sink more and i can get the blood worms to float but not as well as i would like. Does anyone know of a good food for them?
Any other words of advice are appreciated

In case it has any effect here are my stocking plans:
2 butterfly fish
2 gouramis(i have a platinum in my 20gal i will move over)
1 Bichir Senegal he is about 5" now

I plan on giving my dwarf gouramis to a friend.
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Old 01-11-2006, 07:19 AM   #2
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AFAIK Julia, this fish has never been bred in captivity and there is no way to sex the fish. A terrific food would be live wingless fruit flies or freeze dried mosquito larvae. Both of these will float on the surface.
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Old 01-11-2006, 08:38 AM   #3
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Fruitbat wrote a great article on the African Butterfly Fish that should answer most of your questions. I used to keep them and fed Freeze Dried Plankton. Wax worms are also another good food. Ours eventually started eating flake. I was told that they also enjoy small crickets. I never tried it though.
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I feed mine bloodworms and flakes (I'm surprised he'll actually eat them). I have him in a 10, for now, while he's little.
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I had two in a 20H almost two decades ago. Great little fish. Ate flakes. Haven't seen any since, but I would get more if I did...much better personality and appearance than Hatchets, IMO... I kept mine with Danios and a Kuhli "coolie" loach. Still keep Giant Danio because of their infectious attitude. The loach was interesting, but digs too much for me.

With the flyers, Make sure you have a full glass top and keep it closed. They WILL jump out in the middle of the night. I lost both of mine due to "base jumping" accidents.
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so i read the males anal fin is diffrent then the females is there any way some one could show me a picture of this?
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