What is a Wimple Fish?
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What is a Wimple Fish?

The Wimple fish's most distinct feature is its dorsal fins that extend to such lengths that give it a triangular shaped body similar to that of the freshwater angelfish. Its body color is composed of black and white in a striped pattern, giving it a striking look that will definitely catch people's attention.

Introduction

The Wimple fish, with scientific name Heniochus Acuminatus and commonly known as the Longfin Bannerfish, is a colorful fish with a triangular body that definitely looks interesting and unique. It is part of the butterfly fish family and it is quite easy to take care of. It is easy to mistake it for another great aquarium species known as the Moorish Idol fish, but it is an entirely different species of fish. If you are thinking of getting a Wimple fish for your fish tank, here are some information that will prove useful for you.

Origin

This fish is commonly found in the waters of the Indo-Pacific, particularly the tropical areas. The Pacific Ocean is a very popular place for catching the Wimple to be used in the pet trade, thanks to its low maintenance nature and its beautiful physical appearance.

Physical Appearance

The Wimple fish's most distinct feature is its dorsal fins that extend to such lengths that give it a triangular shaped body similar to that of the freshwater angelfish. Its body color is composed of black and white in a striped pattern, giving it a striking look that will definitely catch people's attention. This stark black and white look is accented by yellowish backside fins. People who are not familiar with this fish will definitely spend several minutes just admiring its exotic physical appearance.

Behavior and Temperament

Unlike the other types of butterfly fish, the Wimple is much easier to maintain and care for. This is the main reason why it is a very popular fish tank pet for aquarists. They are schooling fish so they are quite friendly with other Wimple fish as well as other types fish inside the fish tank. They are too polite that they may be bothered and bullied by any fish in the tank that are larger than them. If there are no aggressor fish species in the fish tank, the Wimple will be fine.

Maintenance

They can grow quite large, up to 10 inches, so a large fish tank is required to give them adequate space to swim around in, especially since it is likely that you would be getting multiple Wimples since they thrive being a member of a couple or a group. A 100-gallon tank will be a good minimum size of the fish tank. The fish tank needs to have a pH balance of 8.2 to 8.4, a temperature ranging from 75 degrees to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Feeding them is also quite easy since they are not picky with food. Any type of the usual fish food will work for them like flakes, wafers, brine shrimp, frozen foods and live foods. For shelter, live rock will do fine. It can also use live rock as a source for food occasionally.

Conclusion

Because of its non high maintenance nature and its cheap price in pet stores, it is one of the most common and most popular types of butterfly fish. Additionally, juvenile Wimple fish also act as cleaning fish because they peck at larger fish in the fish tank to help them get rid of common aquarium parasites.

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