Horned Bannerfish

(Heniochus varius)

Heniochus Butterflyfish are also known as Bannerfish. They should be added to large well established aquariums with plenty of room to swim. Plenty of rock work should be provided for grazing and hiding. Heniochus Butterflyfish are considered hardy, will generally adapt well in aquariums and should be kept with other peaceful tank mates. Heniochus Butterflyfish use their long noses to explore cracks and crevices for food and may pick at tube worms, crustaceans and clam mantles if not well fed. A diet of meaty foods including live fortified Brine and mysis shrimp and black or red worms along with herbivore preparations should be provided. If not readily eating try pressing foods into holes or crevices mimicing their natural feeding habits. Heniochus Butterflyfish are considered peaceful and can be kept in groups if added at the same time.

The Horned Bannerfish is also known as the Humphead or Brown Bannerfish. Rarely seen in the aquarium trade. Horned Bannerfish are primarily a dusky brown color with a white stripe around its head and another one running diagonally from the tip of its dorsal to the beginning of its tail, the tail fin is clear. Horned Bannerfish can grow to 8".

We recommend a minimum aquarium size of 100 gallons or larger for this species.

Water conditions: Salinity 1.020 - 1.025, Temp (F) 72 - 78, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Alkalinity 8 - 12 dKH

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