Moorish Idol

Moorish Idol

The Moorish Idol is native to the Indian Oceans and Red Sea. This is an amazing fish that really holds a unique appearance that cant be missed. It has a elongated dorsal fin and nose that is really like no other fish. Its body is also dressed in white and black vertical stripes with the far back white stripe and middle stripe having smudges of yellow that really make it stand out. Though this specimen can grow up to 7-8 inches in the wild, in captivity it is extremely rare for it to ever surpass 4 inches. 

The Moorish Idol has a very peaceful temperament and will very rarely become aggressive towards other tank mates of different specimens. In order to keep this fish in a comfortable environment it will require a aquarium of at least 400 litres, preferably with lots of live rock for hiding in and lots of swimming space. Unlike some other butterfly fish the Moorish Idol is usually not harmful towards invertebrates, however may cause issues towards some corals. 

Among the marine industry, this fish has the reputation of being a difficult fish to keep happy and should only be housed by those more experienced hobbyists. This is merely due to the fact that it can be challenging to feed.

The Moorish Idol will most likely be extremely difficult to feed upon purchase and will take some time to settle down into a normal feeding pattern. Initially it is a good idea to make sure your aquarium has a lavish supply of algae and sponges for it to nibble at until it starts to gain confidence to eat other meaty foods. 

Minimum Tank Size: 400 Litres
Care Level: Expert Only
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, 78-80° F, sg 1.021-1.023
Max. Size: 7"
Colour Form: Black, White, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
Family: Zanclidae
Origin: Tahiti, Vanuatu

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. My Moorish idol was difficult to feed at first, the food literally had to be right in front of it for him to eat it. Its worth using live food for a while first to get it eating, then once it is it will eat almost everything. A great fish that has a unique shape which looks fantastic in my tank.

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