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Bluefin Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluefin Angelfish
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The Bluefin Angelfish is also referred to as the Dusky Angelfish*, Dusky Cherub, Manyspined Angelfish, Multi-spined Angelfish, and Black Angelfish. Its body is a blackish-blue "dusky" color, with lighter blue marbling on the dorsal, caudal, and anal fins; and a thin, sapphire-blue outline on the anal and caudal fins. It is often confused with the Centropyge bispinosus, Centropyge bispinosa, also called Coral Beauty Angelfish.

A minimum of a 40-gallon tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing will provide a good environment. The smaller the environment, the more aggressive the Bluefin Angelfish will be. Not a good reef dweller, the Bluefin Angelfish is prone to nip at sessile invertebrates.

It is hermaphroditic, very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and has no distinguishable differences in color between male to female.

The diet of the Bluefin Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other meaty fare.

* The Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosus) is sometimes also called the "Dusky Angelfish."

Fish Facts

Name: Bluefin Angelfish (Centropyge multispinis)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 6 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: 40 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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