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Freshwater Butterflyfish - Pantodon buchholzi

Species name: Pantodon buchholzi

Synonym: None

Common Names: Freshwater butterflyfish

Family: Pantodontidae

Order: Osteoglossiformes

Class: Actinopterygii

Max. size: 10 cm / 4 inches

Environment: Freshwater

Origin: West and Central Africa. Nigeria, Lake Chad, Cameroon, Ogowe basin, Congo basin and upper Zambezi River

Temperament: Peaceful but predatory. Will eat small fish.

Company: Peaceful fish that are too large to be considered food.

Water parameters: pH 6.5-7.0, temperature 23- 30°C / 73 - 86° F

Aquarium setup: Pantodon buchholzi (Freshwater butterflyfish) can are best kept in large aquariums. Decorate your aquarium with a loot of floating plants. Bottom decoration is less important and can be designed as you please.

Feeding: Accepts most foods including flakes. Prefers live food.

Breeding: The hardest part of breeding Pantodon buchholzi (Freshwater butterflyfish) is raising the fry as they only accept live food found at the surface. Setup a breeding aquarium with a pair of Pantodon buchholzi (Freshwater butterflyfish) and lots of floating plants. Lower the ph level (6.5) and raise the temperature (around 28°C/ 82° F). Give the pair lots of live food. The spawning spans over several days and once it’s completed it’s recommended to remove the pair.

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Freshwater Butterflyfish - Pantodon buchholzi