Moorish Idol

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Moorish Idol

This marine aquarium fish is known as Moorish Idol and the correct latin name is Zanclus cornutus. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Moorish Idol family. (e) Origin of this species is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This fish is peaceful.

Moorish Idol can grow up to 25 cm what is approximately 9 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 3000cm2 of water surface which is approximately 465 square inch. It is recommended to raise this species in fish tanks that are very large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Very large aquariums hold at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is difficult to keep the Moorish Idol fish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The suggested level of pH (a measure of the acidity/basicity) is between 8.0 and 8.3 which is usual for most marine fish.

Zanclus Cornutus is an omnivore. They accept a variety of meat based food, algae and live foods. However, they are very demanding in the term of feeding. This is why it’s nearly impossible to keep them successfully. Not recommended for home aquariums.

Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for this picture, the original URL is this. Copyright 2008 Ken Leonard.
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Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

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