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Regal Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Regal Angelfish
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With vivid vertical striations of blue, white, yellow, or orange on the body and pelvic fin, the Regal Angelfish deserves this distinctive name. The tail is blue with yellow striations.

The Regal Angelfish is difficult to maintain and should be the only angelfish in a tank unless in a mated pair. A minimum of a 100 gallon tank with plenty of hiding places and live rock for grazing will offer a good environment. The Regal Angelfish is prone to nip at large-polyped stony corals, soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles, but may be kept with small-polyped stony corals and somewhat noxious soft corals.

To entice a Regal Angelfish to eat, use a diet of fresh shrimp and chopped seafood. The diet should also include herbivore preparations which include Spirulina and marine algae, and angelfish preparations containing sponges.

Fish Facts

Name: Regal Angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 10 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: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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