Heniochus Black and White Butterflyfish

Scientific Name:
Heniochus acuminatus
Other Common Names for the Heniochus Black and White Butterflyfish:
Longfin Bannerfish


Description:

Heniochus Black and White Butterflyfish are native to the Indo-Pacific region. These fish are often referred to as “bannerfish” instead of butterflyfish due to their long dorsal spine and bony protuberance above their forehead. Juveniles of this species will have a shorter dorsal spine, but as they grow the spine will lengthen.   These fish have a striking white body with 2 bold, vertical black stripes. They have yellow on their caudal, pectoral, and soft dorsal fins. A Longfin Bannerfish can reach up to 8.5 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 125 gallons with live rock and plenty of room to swim.

Diet:

Heniochus Black and White Butterflyfish are omnivores. These beauties are not reef safe and may eat corals and small invertebrates. They also will accept flake foods, pellets, and small meaty offerings like Mysis shrimp. A good variety of foods will keep your bannerfish healthy and vibrant. 


Behavior:

As stated earlier, a Heniochus Black and White Butterflyfish can reach up to 8.5 inches in length and requires an aquarium of at least 125 gallons with live rock and plenty of room to swim. In a FOWLR tank, these fish can be very rewarding to keep. They’re striking coloring and long banner make them beautiful to watch. These fish are typically peaceful and fit into most community tanks. If you intend to keep fish, a netted lid is recommended.

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