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Ear Spot Angelfish/Goldtail Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Ear Spot Angelfish/Goldtail Angelfish
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The Ear Spot Angelfish, also referred to as the Goldtail Angelfish or Chrysurus Angelfish, is an uncommon aquarium member because very few are collected for the home aquarist market. It has a body of mottled-brown with vertical white stripes. There are several bright sapphire-blue stripes on the head, and the tail is a dull yellow rimmed in the same sapphire-blue.

The Ear Spot Angelfish requires a 100 gallon or larger aquarium with multiple hiding places and large amounts of live rock for grazing. Not a good reef dweller, the Ear Spot Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles, but may be kept with small-polyped stony corals and somewhat noxious soft corals. When stressed, the Ear Spot Angelfish makes an unusual clicking sound.

As other angelfish, it is hermaphroditic, and there are no distinguishing characteristics to differentiate males and females. It is difficult to breed in an aquarium.

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

FIsh Facts

Name: Ear Spot Angelfish/Goldtail Angelfish (Pomacanthus chrysurus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Southern Red Sea, Coastal Southern Africa

Size: Up to 13 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: 100 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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