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Heniochus Butterfly - Medium (acuminatus)
Heniochus acuminatus
Heniochus Butterfly - Medium (acuminatus)
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Size: 2.5-4 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Pellet, Clam
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Monitor
Invertebrate Safe: Monitor
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallon
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With its beautiful and unique morphology, the Heniochus Butterfly makes one of the most eye-catching fish in a tank. The most distinct feature is the presence of long white pennant along its elongated first dorsal spine, and for this feature, it is also named the pennant bannerfish. The Heniochus Butterfly can grow up to 8 inches, and therefore a more spacious tank is always better for this fish. It is only suited to a fish only system, and thrives well in a temperature range of 74-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and pH above 8.0. Make sure to provide an adequate biological filtration to keep ammonia and nitrate at undetectable levels. Though this fish is not considered aggressive, but it may become territorial with other members of the species. It is better to keep the Heniochus Butterfly singly or as a school of 3 or more in a larger tank, and should not be combined with chronic-fin nippers, such as many triggerfish, damselfish and some angelfishes, which can nip at the trailing fins of this Butterfly fish. It is not at all considered reef safe and should not be housed with any sessile invertebrates. However, the Heniochus Butterfly is found safe with crabs, snails and shrimps. It needs feeding at a regular interval with Mysis shrimp, and other meats and plankton foods, also with soaked frozen foods in vitamins in order to prevent it from head and lateral line erosion(HLLE) ailment.
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Have never bought from here before.Bought 3 and all fish arrived in great condition. Acclimated 3+ hours and then put in tank. All 3 began eating algae right away and no signs of stress. I look forward to purchasing the rest of my tank from here.
Reviewed by:  Planet Thrift from Center Point, Al. on 7/26/2012
The Heniochus Butterfly, a.k.a. Bannerfish, is a gorgeous high profile fish with an elongated dorsal fin. These fish are white with a pair of black bands and a bright yellow tail. They are a schooling fish and do well when kept in groups of three or more. The Heniochus should be kept in a tank large enough for them to swim freely.The family of Butterflyfish get their name from their behavior of fluttering around the reef. These fish typically have rather round and thin bodies. They are very colorful and some have extended snouts which they use to reach worms entrenched in the reef.
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