Known also as a Longfin Bannerfish, a Reef Bannerfish and a Schooling Bannerfish, this easy to care for fish is native to the Western Pacific. It has black and white stripes, with a black band across the eyes, yellow fins and a green outline on the end of the tail. These fish like to be in pairs and groups, with a hierarchy established by fighting. The dominance order is determined by the fish butting foreheads and then pushing each other backwards. The larger fish will have dorsal streamers longer than their shorter companions. Sometimes this fish will clean the other fish in the tank.
Size: sm. 2"-2 1/2"; med. 2 1/2"-3 1/2"; lg. 3 1/2"-5": Average size is 2 1/2" to 3 1/2"
No. in Tank: A fish that likes to live in groups, more than one is permissible, as long as they are all introduced into the tank at the same time.
Tank: min. 80 gallon
Food: (Omnivore) A zoo plankton eater in the wild, this fish needs a varied diet of meats and veggies. Feed marine fish, mysid shrimp, crustacean flesh and frozen preparations.
Adaptation:. Acclimates well with lots of hiding spots and, because it can be very active, plenty of room to swim. Live rock also helps the acclimation process. If more than one, they need to be introduced at the same time.
Compatibility: Tolerates its own kind very well and does well with corals and ornamental invertebrates. Use caution in a reef system as this fish will nip at Xenia and coral polyps, such as fanworms, feather dusters and zooanthids. May find it cleaning off other fish, even though it is not classified as a cleaner fish.