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Title: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 17, 2011, 07:19:32 PM
I am thinking about getting an African butterfly fish, but i am wondering weather it is really worth the cost and time?


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Pat Mary on January 17, 2011, 07:32:16 PM
What size tank and what other fish do you have?


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 17, 2011, 07:33:42 PM
I have an old 30 gallon long and i was not going to put any other fish into it, I am afraid they might get eaten.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 17, 2011, 07:41:38 PM
But i do not have the equipment for the tank and buying all of it would be expensive.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Pat Mary on January 17, 2011, 07:43:16 PM
If you can't provide the fish its requirements, then don't get it.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 17, 2011, 07:45:00 PM
I have enough to provide every thing, I was just wondering if it is worth it.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Spuds on January 17, 2011, 08:02:43 PM
They might eat a fish the size of a guppy if they for some reason stay at the surface (I wouldnt worry to much about them eating fish).... anything bigger is fine.

They are cool fish, just make sure you have floating plants or something for it to hide in at the surface... Also never leave the lid open, they can easily jump out. (Happend to one of mine)

They eat most fish foods... I fed mine cichlid sticks (they float for a bit) and hand fed them prawn, bloodworms ect.. they love live crickets!!

Its deff worth it getting one, Main thing is to provide a place to hide at the surface!


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Pat Mary on January 17, 2011, 08:10:26 PM
But i do not have the equipment for the tank and buying all of it would be expensive.

The reason I said not to get it is because of the above statement.  Then you said you have everything so I'm confused.  :confused:


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 17, 2011, 09:09:02 PM
Thanks guys, I have enough money to get every thing and can easily get the equipment, I have decided to get one and I will keep you updated on what happens.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Spuds on January 18, 2011, 04:44:42 AM
Im confused too pat mary :proud:! I guess fin doesn't think it's too expensive any more...

Good luck with the fish!


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: superpap56 on January 18, 2011, 06:42:52 AM
 Spuds my friend I had one once that would dive bomb and attack anything in it's sight...probably an anomaly ---but still....... lolol --so just be vigilant until you have him figured out ---if you can meet the requirements and decide to get one.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 18, 2011, 05:33:02 PM
I got one today, I think it is a male and I have decided to name him/her tiger, I spent all of my pocket money to get the tank set up, and boy is it cool, but I need help on how to check whether it is a male or female.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: mpfsr on January 18, 2011, 05:40:27 PM
did you just set up your tank today?

To determine the sex of this fish you have to look at the anal fin. The females anal fin is strait. But on the male one of the ray's on the anal fin is much longer than the rest. I hope this helps. I just pulled this from a web page for you.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: lokii_37 on January 20, 2011, 09:05:29 AM
is this tank cycled? if not i hope you didnt waste your money on a fish that might not make it through the cycle.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Wheels on the Bus on January 20, 2011, 09:41:50 AM
He has at least one other tank - he probably just moved filter media from one to the other.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 20, 2011, 07:47:37 PM
The tank I put it in is temporary and I will let the 30 gallon cycle, don't worry I may be dumb, but not that dumb.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: beeguiles on January 20, 2011, 10:47:24 PM
I also have been thinking about getting an african butterfly fish. They sound pretty cool. Keep us updated on how its doing! :)


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 21, 2011, 09:37:51 PM
He is a male and he is getting rowdy, he is amazing though and I am glad i got him, the tank cycle is almost over and he can't wait to get into his 30!! I fed him some crickets and boy did they disappear quickly!!


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: pokey6 on January 22, 2011, 01:47:34 AM
Ummm? 3 days and you are saying your tank is "almost" finished cycling? How did you "cycle" it. What are you  using to test the water paramaters?


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 22, 2011, 07:38:56 PM
I used some of that aqua-safe stuff and the instructions say that the water should be ready in three to four days. I have some Ph strips and some testing equipment.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: beeguiles on January 22, 2011, 10:21:13 PM
Hmm. i do agree with pokey. your tank will not be cycled in three days. unless you seeded it with used filter media and gravel but still three days is not a long amount of time. I would wait at least two weeks before putting him in the 30 gallon bc you would not want to risk him dying bc the cycle isnt through yet. Just to be on the safe side.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 23, 2011, 09:54:12 AM
I will, that is probably the best idea, and for that amount of time will he be OK in a 20 gal long?


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Spuds on January 23, 2011, 10:23:46 AM
yeah should be fine! just dont leave the lid off :proud:


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 23, 2011, 07:09:26 PM
I think that my African butterfly fish is getting tired of crickets, I heard that  feeder fish transmit disease, I was wondering,should I add the feeder fish to his flake cricket diet?  :fish10:


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Spuds on January 23, 2011, 07:40:40 PM
I wouldnt bother with feeder fish. have you tried brand fish foods? Mine ate cichlid sticks and anything else that floated.

I also fed mine chopped prawn, bloodworms ect....


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on January 24, 2011, 06:10:26 PM
OK, I will try those foods thanks for the advice.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Fin on February 13, 2011, 11:39:36 AM
This new diet I put him on (blood worms, feeder fish, crickets, brand flake foods, and mealy worms) has really brought out his patterns and made him more distinct, but i may be having to get rid of a few tanks to keep this guy, his meal bill is out the window and I can't keep up with my other tanks at this cost.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Spuds on February 13, 2011, 12:09:37 PM
you dont have to feed him crickets, meal worms and feeder fish. Mine lived fine on fish food and some prawn i got from the supermarket very cheap. I also gave them bloodworms twice a week.

Your providing them with a very good diet but if its to expensive they can thrive off frozen foods and fish foods.

You could always just feed them crickets as a treat every 2-3 weeks.


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Ashraf on February 13, 2011, 12:26:38 PM
Don't be lazy! Get out those chopsticks and start catching some flie for him :)

Seriously, thuogh, how expensive could live crickets be???


Title: Re: African butterfly fish
Post by: Wheels on the Bus on February 13, 2011, 12:29:35 PM
It depends on where you live/where you get them from. My sister buys hers (she has a pink tarantula) because her cats get into her cricket home, and they cost 5 cents apiece. In the spring/summer you can catch your own, but it's all frozen here right now so you can't find any.