False Moorish Idol (Heniochus diphreutes)

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False Moorish Idol

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False Moorish Idol

Heniochus diphreutes

379 Litres (100 US G.)

17.8-20.3cm (7-8 ")


8.0 - 8.5

21.1-23.9°C (70 -75 °F)

8-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

False Moorish Idol, Schooling Bannerfish, Hawaiian Pennantfish, Pennant Coralfish

Additional scientific names

Heniochus diphreustes, Heniochus acuminatus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and South Africa to warm-temperate Australia and the Hawaiian Islands.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

No known visual differences.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful fish that does well in a non-aggressive tank mates and others of their own kind provided the tank is large enough. In small tanks they may become territorial.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods, prefers a meaty diet of both fresh, frozen and prepared foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Prefers a spacious tank and is fairly hardy to water parameters. Prefers a medium to strong current.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful fish, although can be territorial towards its own kind in small tanks. Is generally reef-safe but may eat sessile invertebrates, this is not common however.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This fish mimics the colouration on the Moorish Idol, and looks very similar to it's cousin the Heniochus acuminatus. It differs by having a shorter snout and larger eyes. Also the rear black stripe on H. diphreutes splits the center of the anal fin with the white mid-body stripe, whereas the black stripe of H. acuminatus ends higher up on the anal fin.

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