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Multibarred Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Multibarred Angelfish
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The Multibarred Angelfish, also known as the Many Banded Angelfish, and commercially as the Banded Multifasciatus Angel, has individual black and yellow vertical bands arranged in an "every other" fashion, with a thin stipe of white bordering each black band. The tail is white to yellow with small black speckles. A juvenile can be distinguished by a blue eyespot at the back of the dorsal fin.

The Multibarred Angelfish requires a minimum tank size of 40 gallons with plenty of hiding places and live rock for grazing. This angelfish is best kept as the only species member in a tank. Not a good reef dweller, the Many Banded Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

The Multibarred Angelfish, like other dwarf angels, are hermaphroditic, difficult to breed, and indistinguishable in color variations from male to female.

The Multibarred Angelfish can be a finicky eater; it prefers a variety of small meaty items, angelfish and herbivore preparations, and live sponges. These eating habits and the trait of becoming somewhat territorial upon acclimatization, make this a challenging fish to keep.

Fish Facts

Name: Multibarred Angelfish (Centropyge multifasciatus, Paracentropyge multifasciatus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans

Size: Up to 5 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: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Difficult

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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