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From the Congo river basin to the Niger, in tropical West Africa. Occurring mostly in stagnant water, such as rain forest pools, with dense vegetation
The body is shaped like a boat with the top and bottom almost flat,
so its profile almost seems rectangular. The sides are convex and the
nostrils protrude like little tubes.
They are Drab, Grayish Green with a Brownish tinge. The rays of all the fins have alternate dark and pale rings, the Pectoral fins are Blackish with a White edge. A dark band runs from the top of the head through the eye area to the lower jaw.
Like a typical surface-hanging fish, the butterflyfish takes its
food from the waters surface. Its large Pectoral fins can help it
leap out of the water to catch flying insects. Pantodon should
be kept in a tank of clear soft and acidic water, with a large surface
area and not too deep. The plant material should be more sparse than
in its home area, with little or no floating types. The Butterflyfish
eats live foods of all kinds and larger specimens will take floating
mealworms. They can also learn to accept many of the freeze dried
food products now available.
They have been bred in the home Aquaria. Lowering the water to only
a couple of inches in depth for a few weeks and then refilling the
tank with fresh soft acidic water and
raising the temperature can stimulate spawning. Spawning is preceded
by the male chasing the female and actually raising himself on top
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