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Humphead Bannerfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Humphead Bannerfish
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The Humphead Bannerfish, also known as the Heniochus Brown Butterflyfish, has a dark brown head and body. It has a narrow white band behind the head to the breast and a diagonal white band from the dorsal fin to the base of its tail. The forehead has a hump and there is a curved horn over each eye. Members of the Heniochus genera are often called Bannerfish instead of Butterflyfish.

The Humphead Bannerfish may reside in a 70 gallon or larger aquarium that has a rocky aquascape with overhangs or caves for shelter. The Humphead Bannerfish may be kept in pairs if both are introduced to the aquarium at the same time. It will acclimate better if tank mates are small, docile fish. It will nip at sessile invertebrates including corals.

Its diet should include herbivore preparations and a variety of meaty items.

Fish Facts

Name: Humphead Bannerfish (Heniochus varius)

Family: Chaetodontidae

Range: Western and South Pacific

Size: Up to 8 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 70 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Care Level: Egg Scatterer

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