12-21-2010, 11:34 AM
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Update on our African Butterfly Fish
Well, we've certainly had a major to & fro trying to figure out why our butterfly fish had quit eating after doing so well the first couple of months. I had to break down and conclude those who advised I had too many (4) in a 20 gallon long might well be onto something and maybe they only ate so well at first because it took time for them to establish territories. We also, with the help of a knowledgeable independent lfs owner, found our tap water is just plain too hard to maintain health for african butterfly fish. We traded 2 back into the lfs and after the owner kept our other 2 in one of his RO water tanks and they started eating we now are keeping them only in RO water. Moe devoured 2 crickets at feeding time last night (first feeding back at home), Eenie hasn't yet but he's always been a tad skiddish and we were told he ate at the lfs so I'm not too worried. Both seem healthy and certainly were fast as lightning while I was trying to recapture them at the store.
So we'll try just the two in the 20 long in RO water and hope for the best, otherwise my wife will drive me to drink.