12-13-2012, 11:31 AM
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African Butterfly Fish and African Leaf Fish
You should be fine having two African Leaf Fish and one African Butterfly Fish in a long thirty gallon tank, but there are some things that you should know about them first. The first thing you should know is one of your African Leaf Fish will most likely dominate the other African Leaf Fish in the tank, just like in my tank. The second thing you should know is that the African Butterfly Fish will most likely eat crickets but it is possible to get it eating fish flakes. The easiest way that I have found that has gotten my two African Butterfly Fish, which by the way have to be in different tanks because they tried to kill each other, to eat fish flakes was to put them in the tank with the African Leaf Fish which ate both the fish flakes and the crickets. The reason why I think this got my African Butterfly Fish to start eating fish flakes instead of crickets is because they saw how the African Leaf fish liked the taste of both the fish flakes and the crickets, note this is not for certain but this is what I believe got them to eat the fish flakes because they wouldn't even try to eat the fish flakes until I decided to put an african leaf fish in each of their tanks. Another thing that I think you should know, that I have learned from my experience with my two African Leaf Fish, is that they are VERY aggressive and will most likely not let you have any other fish, including some Cichlids and even six inch long dragon gobies, with them unless if you have put them in the same tank from the moment you first got the African Leaf Fish, but this still is not a guarantee that they won't attack or kill other fish. The last thing that you should know about African Leaf Fish is that they are very cool to look at and they will eat just about anything you put in the tank such as shrimp, crickets, Cichlid pellets, Cichlid flakes, and goldfish flakes.
There are also a few pieces of info that I want you to know about the ABS. The first is don't listen to people telling you that they will eat frozen brine shrimp because this is not true due to the fact that ABS will not eat any foods that DO NOT FLOAT, but they will eat SMALL LIVE crickets, small LIVE insects, small top swimming fish, and may even eat fish flakes. Another piece of info you should know is you HAVE to have a lid that DOES NOT leave ANY OPENINGS THAT ARE LARGE ENOUGH FOR THE ABS to fit its body through because they love to jump and may even end up jumping out of your tank. The thing that I suggest you do to insure that your ABS doesn't jump out of your tank is to get a tight fitting lid and then use cardboard or some other material like that and build a little enclosed area around where your tank filter is because as I found out the hard way they might jump out of the tank in that spot.