Aquarium Fish

Flagfin Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Flagfin Angelfish
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The Flagfin Angelfish, also referred to as the Threespot Angelfish, is a brilliant yellow with blue lips, a dark blue-black dorsal spot where the head joins the body, and a light tan spot behind the eyes.

Provide plenty of other hiding places in a 75-gallon tank or larger as the Flagfin Angelfish is quite shy early on and should be the only angel in the tank. Not a good reef dweller, the Flagfin Angelfish is prone to nip at sessile invertebrates (soft and stony corals) and clam mantles.

This is a difficult angelfish to keep due to its dietary requirement of sponges and its poor ability to adapt to other foods. Expert aquarists may have success by providing a mixed fare of sponge-containing frozen angelfish rations, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, a plethora of plant material, and live rock for grazing and hiding.

Fish Facts

Name: Flagfin Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean

Size: Up to 10 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: No

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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