By Bob Goemans
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 Heniochus varius (Humphead Bannerfish, Brown Bannerfish)

Heniochus varius
(Cuvier, 1829)

Humphead Bannerfish, Brown Bannerfish

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


These marine fish belong in the Order Perciformes and Suborder Percoidei as members of the Family Chaetodontidae (Butterflyfish), which contains 13 genera and almost 130 species, both described and yet undescribed.

One of the more popular genera within this large family is Heniochus, which are commonly referred to as Bannerfishes. These butterflyfishes are generally good aquarium specimens and do well under a range of aquarium conditions. They are mostly peaceful and accept a wide variety of foodstuffs, yet they can become somewhat territorial in small aquariums. Introduce all at one time. The common German name for these fish is Wimplefish, which is a type hat with feathers.

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