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I have heard they usually will only eat live foods as well. Do you have one? How is it going? I have always been interested in them.
 
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I had one for over a year some time ago, I never had a problem with it taking prepared food like cichlid pellets (floating) but I did supplement it's diet with box elder bugs and asian beetles, all of which swarm my area like a plague of locusts come harvest time.

Unfortunately, it, along with virtually everything else in the tank was cooked over a weekend away when the heater malfunctioned and I came home to 100F water and I've never gotten another one.
 

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www.glass-gardens.com said:
The tank was a 20L, I had gouramis, swords and some cory's in it. With african butterflys the standard rule applies, if it can fit it in it's mouth, it's food. If it can't, it could still be food.
This only applies to surface-dwelling fish. As you know this fish is really mellow and timid, it waits patiently among the surface where it waits for food to come-by...don't worry you won't see it chasing your fish around the tank. :wink:
 

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I've been keeping them for several years now and they're great fish.
Mine readily accept any kind of flake food (it does sometimes take a while for them to get the idea when you first get them), plus the occasional insects, etc. It's really amusing when they see me coming with the can of flakes since they wait, stalk and snap them up.

One interesting thing I've noticed is that if I get up in the middle of the night and turn the lights on, I find them swimming all levels of the tank. I've even seen them down by the Cory's on the floor. I had no idea they ever left the surface until recently.
I've never had any problems with them chowing on smaller fish, except once when I introduced a bunch of Rummy's who were still partly stunned, and I suppose the Butterfly's thought I was dumping food in there..... :roll:
That's not saying that they wouldn't take the opportunity to eat some smaller surface dwelling fish if opportunity knocked.

Anyway, one should be just fine in a 30.
 
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