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

DOA Policy for Live Fish shipping

At Aquaholics, we place utmost importance on the careful shipping of live fish to ensure their safe arrival. Our commitment to quality includes taking various measures during transit. Each fish bag is infused with medical-grade oxygen and an ammonia-neutralizing solution. In colder periods, we also utilize heat packs to maintain optimal temperatures. However, we understand that unforeseen circumstances can sometimes lead to unfortunate outcomes. To provide you with peace of mind, we have implemented a Dead-on Arrival (DOA) policy that ensures you are covered in such situations.


  1. Owner's Presence: It is essential for the owner or an authorised representative to be available at the provided shipping address to receive the fish. If no one is available, the courier will leave your parcel in a safe space as all fish orders are shipped ATL.
  2. Shipping Address: Please provide a valid street address for shipping. Ensure the address is accurate and complete to avoid any delivery issues.
  3. Reporting DOA: If you receive a fish that is dead on arrival, please notify us promptly. Within 2 hours of receiving the fish, send an email to our customer support team. Include the following details in your email:
    • Name: Your full name
    • Order Number: The unique order number associated with your purchase
    • DOA Fish Picture: Attach a clear picture of the deceased fish

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Timely Notification: Please make your DOA claim within 2 hours of receiving the fish. Claims submitted after this timeframe will not be eligible for compensation.
  2. Proper Documentation: Ensure that your email includes accurate and complete information, including your name, order number, email, and a clear picture of the deceased fish. Incomplete or inaccurate information may delay the processing of your claim.
  3. Verification: Our customer support team will review the provided information to verify the DOA claim. Once the claim is validated, we will proceed with the appropriate compensation.
  4. Compensation Options: In the event of a DOA, we offer two compensation options: a) Store Credit: You will receive a store credit equal to the value of the deceased fish, which can be used for future purchases. b) Refund: We can issue a refund for the value of the deceased fish, processed through the original payment method used for the purchase.
  5. Shipping Costs: Please note that shipping costs are non-refundable unless the entire order is considered a DOA.
  6. Conditions Apply: Our DOA policy covers only fish that are dead upon arrival. It does not apply to fish that perish after successful delivery and acclimation to their new environment.

We are committed to providing the best possible experience for our customers and ensuring the well-being of our live fish. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our DOA policy, don't hesitate to get in touch with our customer support team at [email protected] , and we will be glad to assist you.



Note: The terms and conditions outlined in this DOA policy are subject to change without prior notice. We recommend reviewing the most up-to-date policy on our website or contacting our customer support team for any updates.

Thank you again for allowing us on your aqaurium journey.


Jesse Elstak


  • 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 0.1000kg
Shipping Width 0.100m
Shipping Height 0.100m
Shipping Length 0.100m


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