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Conspicuous Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Conspicuous Angelfish
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The Conspicuous Angel is also known as the Conspic Angel or Spectacled Angel. As an adult, it is blue-gray with a gold sheen. The face is bright yellow, with very distinctive bright blue rings around the eyes.

It requires ample hiding places, room to swim, and an aquarium with live rock on which it can graze algae. It is not overly aggressive except towards other angels. It normally feeds on microalgae and sponges, and is moderately hardy in an aquarium if given special care. It is sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications.

The Conspicuous Angel is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium, and has no distinguishing characteristics to help differentiate males from females.

As with other large angelfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Eels, Goatfish, Groupers, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Puffers, Squirrelfish, Tangs & Surgeons and Wrasse.

Fish Facts

Name: Conspicuous Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus conspiculatus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: New Caledonia

Size: Up to 10 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Live rock

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 80 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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