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Black Bandit Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Black Bandit Angelfish
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The Black Bandit Angel is also known as the Black-banded Angelfish because of the swatch of black that extends horizontally from over the eyes to the end of the dorsal fin. It is also known as the Hawaiian Pearlyscale Angelfish due to the shimmering whites to grays making up the majority of body color. The anal fin is dark brown and the tail has a wide dark brown rim tipped inwardly with white.

A single Black Bandit Angel will do well in a tank of at least 75 gallons with plenty of hiding places. Once established, the Black Bandit Angel may become territorial. With a natural diet of sponges, the Black Bandit Angelfish is difficult to acclimatize. It has a habit of nipping at soft and hard corals and clam mantles, so it is not a good reef dweller.

It is hermaphroditic, very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and indistinguishable by coloration from male to female.

A varied diet of angelfish preparations, marine algae, live rock for grazing, and vitamin-fortified shrimp should be provided.

Fish Facts

Name: Black Bandit Angelfish (Apolemichthys arcuatus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Pacific, Hawaii

Size: Up to 7 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Difficult

Reproductaion: Egg Scatterer

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