African Butterfly Fish (Pantodon buchholzi) 8cm

The African Butterflyfish Pantodon buchholzi is a unique and fascinating freshwater fish from Africa. It is also known as the Freshwater Butterflyfish.

They are predator type fish, found in weedy pools of slow moving waters. There they will lie at the surface, almost motionless, waiting for unsuspecting prey to pass by. These fish are designed to almost fly as they jump out of the water to capture prey and glide to avoid predators. They use their swim bladders to breath surface air as well as maintain buoyancy. Their eyes are on the top of their head so they can view everything above them and their brains have extra clusters of neurons to process more. Butterfly fish also uses sensors in their skin that detect small waves in the water caused by insects hitting the water making this stealthy hunter very successful.

Freshwater Butterfly fish are suggested for a more experienced aquarist as they are somewhat fussy about their habitat and care. A shady, shallow aquarium is best, one that's only about 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) deep and loosely planted. They are happiest with more length and width to the tank, rather than depth. This gives them the large surface area where they naturally like to reside. They also like some floating plant cover to lurk under. Be sure you have a good cover on the aquarium as this fish is an excellent jumper.

We would recommend a lid or hood for your tank.

  • 1 x African Butterfly Fish (Pantodon buchholzi) 8cm
  • Species – Pantodon buchholzi
  • Common Name – African Butterfly Fish or Pantadon
  • Origin – West Africa
  • Diet – Carnivore
  • PH Range – Acidic 6.5 – 7
  • Temperature – Tropical 25°c – 28°c
  • Current Size – approximately 8cm (Grows to approximately 10-13cm)
  • Sex – Un-sexed
SKU LF-AfricanButterfly
Barcode # 880211590336
Brand Live Fish
Shipping Weight 1.0000kg
Shipping Width 0.100m
Shipping Height 0.100m
Shipping Length 0.100m



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