Heniochus Black and Yellow Butterflyfish Raising and Caring
Category: Aquarium Fish Other
Scientific name Heniochus Black and Yellow Butterflyfish (Heniochus Acuminatus)
They eat shrimp, crustaceans and commercial fish foods. Newly caught Black and Yellow Butterflyfish can be feed mysis shrimp and other crustaceans as well as commercial foods. You can feed it shaved shrimp or preparations meant for carnivorous fish. They should be fed several times a day.
This Heniochus Black and Yellow Butterflyfish is known as a coral eater, nipping the polyps of some soft and stony coral species. it is not recommended for reef-type aquariums. the best recommendation is a "fish only aquarium" (FOA) or in a "fish only with live rock" aquarium (FOLRA). It will need a good sized aquarium that has been well established for about six months or more. Water movement is important and also lighting, a well a lit tank is recommended.
They do need a lot of space to swim as they grow to 10 inches (25cm ) in length, but it is more common to be at about 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm). The average life span is about 5 years and can live 5 years and longer if properly cared for. The fish need well developed live rock work, that offers a cave or overhangs so the can get out of the light and feel safe and plenty of swimming space, becase of how big they will grow.
The minimum Tank Size is 50 gal (189 L) for a single Black and Yellow Butterflyfish. If you are going to pair them they should be placed in tanks with of least 100 gallons (378L ) of water.
A good substrate Type mix of Sand + Coral
The lighting can be medium normal lighting this is the best conditions, but also can be bright lighting, but they must have a place to hid from the bright light at times to shad themselves.
A semi-tropical species, the the recommended water temprature to be between 72 and 78F. (22.2 to 25.6° C) The waters pH needs to be 8.1 to 8.4. They do best when the water’s specific gravity is 1.019 to 1.025 this standard range for tropical fish.
The water moment should be Moderate that is recommended for water movement
When you introduce your fish to the tank, put the fish on the top of the tank in the bag, to even out the temperature for a couple of hours. Than get a separate bowl and pour the bag onto it. Than use your net to remove your Heniochus Black and Yellow Butterflyfish and put him in his new tank. The reason this is done, is to not get any of the pet store water in the tank, in case of disease.