poor mans moorish idol

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  1. Fredy O

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    hi there, can anybody plz tell me what they know about this fish, girlfrend ordered it and its arriving on thursday
     
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    Poor mans moorish idol is a long fin banner fish, if it's that is coming

    Scientific Name : Heniochus acuminatus Common Names : Black and White Butterflyfish, Poor Man's Moorish Idol, Bannerfish, Pennant Coralfish, Wimple fish
    Care Level : Easy
    Size : Up to 10 inches (25 cm)
    Life span : 5 years or longer
    pH : 8.2 - 8.4
    Temperature : 75°F - 82°F (25°C - 28°C)
    Specific Gravity : 1.021 - 1.025
    Carbonate Hardness (dKH) : 8 - 12°
    Origin / Habitat : Indo-Pacific, North and South Japan, Micronesia, sticks close to the reef slope and often seen in lagoons.
    Temperament / Behavior : This bannerfish is very peaceful with other fish species, but may pick at reef invertebrates.
    Breeding / Mating / Reproduction : Very difficult to breed in captivity. They do form pairs.
    Tank Size : 100 gallon (379 liters) minimum given that they like to school and need lots of swimming room.
    Compatible Tank Mates : Since this species is fairly passive, you'll want to stock them similar minded fish species. You may have issues if you plan on keeping them with other butterfly fish and they should be kept out of saltwater reef tanks. May nip at soft corals and smaller invertebrates. May get bullied by tangs.
    Fish Disease : Saltwater Fish Disease - Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment. Relatively hardy but can still contract marine ich (cryptocaryon) and Amyloodinium.
    Diet / Fish Food : Mostly eats zooplankton in the ocean, but will and should go after most foods offered. Try to feed them a varied diet of fresh meaty foods, frozen foods (thawed first) and a good quality and balanced flake food. They may also pick at algae growing on tank surfaces and live rock.
    Tank Region : All over, but usually the middle to the top regions of the aquarium.
    Gender : No externally distinguishing characteristics to determine the differences between males and females.
     
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    Heniochus likes to nip at zoanthis and xenias.
    One fish alone can get bored and nips at corals. 3 or more is beautiful to have, but the tank should be then at least 1000 litre.
    What size tank have you got?
     
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  7. Atilla

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    ive had one of these beauties in my DT for more than a year without touching any of the corals, including my Xenia and zoas. Keep them well fed and you might get lucky
     
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    i dont know why they call it a poor mans moorish idol, they cost the same down here :)
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    guess its a states thing
     
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    You guys all mean a coachman?
     
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    I'm afraid your tank is a bit small, it is recommended to have a tank min of 380litres. You might have a fish stressing too much :(
     
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    One of my dream fish but I cannot keep because not reefsafe. One day, when I get my second tank.
     
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