A Western and Southern Pacific fish that is also called a Humphead Bannerfish. It has a dark brown head and body with a narrow white band behind its head and a diagonal white band from the dorsal fin to the base of the tail. It has a round, thin body typical of all butterflyfish. Unusual is the forehead which has a hump and a curved horn over each eye. This is a difficult fish to care for due its acclimation process and eating habits.
Size: sm 1 1/2"-2"; med. 2"-3"; lg. 3"-4" (rare)
No. in Tank: singularly or in pairs if acclimated together.
Tank: min. 75 gallon.
Food: (Carnivore) In the wild it feeds on sessile invertebrates, including ornamental species. Can be a picky eater in captivity. A varied diet is needed and should include herbivore preparations and meaty items such as marine fish, crustacean flesh and mysid shrimp. Feed 2 to 3 times a day.
|Adaptation: This fish will take extra time to acclimate and will not do so if you place your hands into the tank too often or it is feeling harrassed by its tank-mates. Acclimates better with peaceful, docile and small tank-mates. Needs lots of live rocks, preferably with overhangs, and caves for shelter and hiding. Will take 3+ hours to acclimate.
Compatibility: Use caution if placing in a reef tank. This fish will Eat sessile invertebrates, including the ornamental, and nip at large corals. Place with peaceful tank-mates only.
**FOR EXPERIENCED/EXPERT AQUARISTS