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Coral Beauty Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Coral Beauty Angelfish
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Very common on the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Beauty Angelfish is also known as the Twospined or Dusky Angelfish*. The body and head are a deep royal blue, highlighted with an iridescent orange to yellow. It is often confused with the Centropyge multispinis, also called Bluefin Angelfish.

It requires a 40 gallon or larger tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. Not a good reef dweller, the Coral Beauty Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates).

The diet of the Coral Beauty Angelfish should consist of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other quality meaty foods.

* The Bluefin Angelfish (Centropyge multispinis) is sometimes also called the "Dusky Angelfish."

Fish Facts

Name: Coral Beauty Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosus, Centropyge bispinosa)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indo-Pacific, The Great Barrier Reef

Size: Up to 4 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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