Pennant Coralfish

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Pennant Coralfish

This species is known as Black and White Heniochus Butterfly, Pennant Coralfish and the correct latin name is Heniochus acuminatus. The family that this marine fish species belongs to is called the Butterfly Fish family. (e) Origin of this species is Indo-Pacific. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

A peaceful Butterfly Fish.

Pennant Coralfish can grow up to 25 cm what is approximately 9 inches. In general, 1 specimen requires at least 3000cm2 of water surface which is approximately 465 square inch. We recommend you to keep it in fish tanks which are 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 easy to keep the Pennant Coralfish. (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.

Pennant Coralfish is usually seen in nature in pairs, or in shoals. You can raise these fish in pairs or in shoals in aquarium too. However you have to give them enough space and you should watch if the dominant fish is not nipping other fish’ fins.

Juveniles are known as cleaner fish - they eat parasites from the bodies of other fishes. Then they eat almost everything what you offer them including flakes, pellets, live and frozen food, however you should give them vegetarian food too, as dried algae or they will eat algae from rocks. If you experience a problem with feeding, you should try to give them live food. Also it may help, if you keep this species in aquarium with other fish who eat, so that they (Pennant Coralfish) can see how to eat non-natural food.

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Thanks to Kenneth Leonard for the pictures. Copyright Ken Leonard.

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