In this post, we have listed the step by step process of breeding butterfly fish. Butterfly fish is known to the hobbyist since the last decade and its popularity is increasing day by day and breeding them would also bring additional dollars to your pocket.

How to breed Butterfly fish?

One of the most beautiful fishes you can choose for your aquarium. Although breeding these fishes is very difficult, it can be very awarding if the process is carried out the right way. The following steps will guide you through the process of breeding these beauties

Required supplies

  • Breeding Tank
  • Grow out Tank
  • Live fish food
  • Adult fish (Mating pair)

Required tools

  • Cleaning Sponge
  • Tube to remove and add water

Total cost: USD 250


Total time: 30 days

  • Step 1 – Selecting the tank

    Choose a large tank as the butterfly fishes are known to be egg scatters

  • Step 2 – Setting the tank

    Set the tank with floating plants and make sure the water is soft and acidic

  • Step 3 – Selection of fishes

    Select a healthy pair to spawn and introduce it inside the tank

  • Step 4 – Water changes

    Do water changes once in two weeks and replace it with fresh water

  • Step 5 – Spawning

    This will occur for several days as the male will clasp the female under its fins

  • Step 6 – Eggs

    The produce around 100 eggs and these white eggs will float in water

  • Step 7 – Separating the parent

    Eggs should be relocated and kept away from the parent fishes

  • Step 8 – Hatching

    Eggs will become dark and then sink down. These will hatch after three to even days.

  • Step 9 – Feeding the fry

    Live food such as Daphnia and brine shrimp.

  • Step 10 – Tank maintenance

    Keep cleaning and changing the water so that uneaten food is removed

  • Step 11 – Cannibalism

    Larger fishes will feed on smaller ones and this will give you stronger young ones.


As the frys grow bigger the diet can be changed into freezed dried food and floating pellets.

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