Aquarium Fish

Eibl’s Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Eibl's Angelfish
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The Eibl's Angelfish is known by many names including the Red Stripe Angelfish, Eibl's Pygmy Angelfish, Orangelined Angelfish, Blacktail Angelfish, and Eibl's Dwarf Angel. Its pearlescent body is highlighted with several vertical, evenly-spaced orange to red stripes. The very back of the body and caudal fin are black. A brilliant sapphire-blue stripe outlines the caudal fin.

Eibl's Angelfish requires a 40 gallon or larger aquarium with large amounts of live rock for hiding and grazing. With a tendency to be docile, the Eibl's Angelfish can become more assertive once established. It prefers not to be housed with other Dwarf Angels. It may occasionally nip at sessile invertebrates and clam mantles.

It is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium, and there are no distinguishing characteristics that help differentiate males from females.

The diet of the Eibl's Anglefish should include Spirulina, marine algae, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.

FIsh Facts

Name: Eibl's Angelfish (Centropyge eibli)

Family: PomacanthidaeFamily: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans

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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