Angelfish Which Are Rarely Seen in Aquariums

Blue-Girdled angelfish (Pomacanthus narvarchus)
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    Bicolored Angelfish

    Bi colored angelfish
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    The bicolored angelfish (Centropyge bicolor), also known as the two-colored angelfish or oriole angelfish. It is hermaphroditic, very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and has no distinguishable differences in color between male to female.

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    Black & White Bandit Angelfish

    Black and white bandit angelfish
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    In the wild, the black and white bandit or banded angelfish (Holacanthus arculatus) feeds almost exclusively on sponges, making them difficult to maintain in an aquarium. In captivity, older juveniles and sub-adults seem to adjust to tank fed foods better than smaller juveniles or older adults.

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    Blue-Girdled Angelfish

    Blue-Girdled Angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus)
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    The blue-girdled or majestic angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) is a large species that inhabit waters of the Eastern Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific.

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    Clarion Angelfish

    Clarion Angelfish
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    The clarion angelfish (Holacanthus clarionesis) in its sub-adult phase. This species inhabits regional waters off the Southern tip of Baja California.

    Being quite rare, this fish is very expensive, even for captive bred fish.

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    Cortez Angelfish

    Cortez Angelfish (Pomacanthus zonipectus)
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    Cortez angelfish (Pomacanthus zonipectus) is a large species of Angelfish which inhabit tropical Eastern Pacific waters.

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    Eibl's or Orangelined Angelfish

    Eibl's or Orangelined Angelfish (Centropyge eibli)
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    Eibl's or orange lined angelfish (Centropyge eibli) is a small dwarf or pygmy species that inhabit waters of the Indo-west-Pacific region.

    One of the larger genus centropyge dwarf or pygmy angelfish species, the eibl's angelfish adapts well to a peaceful aquarium environment with plenty of hiding places, but individuals may act aggressively towards smaller fish, particularly when confined in a small aquarium.

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    Fisher's Angelfish

    Fisher's Angelfish
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    This is a photo of a fisher's angelfish (Centropyge fisheri) which is a small dwarf or pygmy species. Aside from providing this fish with ample live rock for grazing, the fisher's angelfish should be fed a variety of foods suitable for herbivores and carnivores, such as Spirulina, marine algae, mysid shrimp, and other high-quality meaty fares.

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    French Angelfish (Adult)

    French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)
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    French angelfishes (Pomacanthus paru) are members of this large species which inhabit tropical Atlantic waters.

    The French angelfish has a tendency to nip at sessile invertebrates (soft and stony corals) and clam mantles and also tends to dominate the tank.

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    Gray Angelfish

    Grey angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)
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    An adult gray angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus) is a large species that inhabit the waters of the Western Atlantic.

    The gray-black angelfish is a sturdy fish and can reach a stunning length of 20 inches as an adult. A tank of at least 259 gallons is recommended for this fish.

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    Juvenile Koran Angelfish

    Juvenile Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus)
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    An adult koran angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus) will reach a length of 1'3" and requires a tank of at least 250 gallons. It is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles so it is not a good candidate for a reef aquarium.

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    Lemonpeel Angelfish

    Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus)
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    The lemonpeel angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus) is a pygmy species that inhabit the waters of the Indo-Pacific but has been found as an aquarium release in Kaneohe Bay and Keehi Lagoon on the island of Oahu in Hawai'i.

    It is possible to keep a male-female pair or even a trio (one male and two females) of lemonpeel angelfishes in the same tank together, provided that it is a large aquarium with plenty of hiding places, and they are introduced into the aquarium at the same time.

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    Potter's Angelfish

    Potter's Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)
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    Although touted by aquarists to be a fairly good reef safe fish, the potter's angelfish (Centropyge potteri) may nip at large polyped stony corals, zoanthids, tridacnid clam mantles, and even some soft coral polyps. Therefore this fish, as true with most all angelfishes, cannot be completely trusted if these invertebrates are present. It is best kept singly or in mated pairs and is suitable for keeping with other non-aggressive fishes.

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    Regal Angelfish

    Regal Angelfish
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    This medium-sized species inhabits waters of the Indo-Pacific region but has been found as an aquarium release in Hawaii.

    The Indian Ocean and the Red Sea regal angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus) specimens are more likely to be hardier and therefore adapt more readily to aquarium life. For identification: the Indian Ocean and Red Sea specimens have an orange chest as opposed to the Pacific Ocean specimens, which have a blue chest.