Queen Angelfish

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Queen Angelfish

This marine aquarium fish is known as Queen Angelfish and the correct latin name is Holacanthus ciliaris. The family that this fish belongs to is called the Angelfish family. (e) It's origin is Western Atlantic. (e)

Character and suggestions regarding care

This Angelfish might be aggressive, but aggression disappears with more space for swimming.

Queen Angelfish can grow up to 45 cm what is approximately 17 inches. So 1 specimen requires at least 5400cm2 of water surface which is approximately 837 square inch. This species will require to be kept in a tank that is large. (e) Medium aquariums have at least 113 Litres (30 US Gallons). Large aquariums have at least 265 Litres (70 US Gallons). Capacity of very large aquariums is at least 700 Litres (185 US Gallons).

It is not very difficult to keep the Queen Angelfish. (e) The specific gravity (SG) should be between 1,020 and 1,025, the temperature between 23°C (73.4°F) and 26°C (78.8°F). The recommended pH level is between 8.0 and 8.3 since marine fish are used to these levels in general.

Queen Angelfish should be raised in very large reef tanks, with live rocks. Some say, that this fish is suitable for aquariums only if they are young, but if you have a tank which is large enough, they will feel well as adults too. Mostly they like to be in pairs, because they are monogamous. The tank mates should be peaceful and active fish.

This Angelfish feeds on sponges, tunicates, jellyfish, corals, plankton and algae. Juveniles are known as cleaners which feed on parasites of larger fish. They (larger fishes) return to the place where these Angels live in order to get their bodies cleaned. In aquarium they (Holacanthus Ciliaris) will eat something else every day; flakes, shrimp, spinach, lettuce, mussels, squid, caulerpa and nori, but the food should contain sponges to copy their natural food manners.

This fish should be kept by experienced keepers, because they are intolerant to nitrate in the water.

Queen angelfish is an expensive fish.

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#1 Posted on Tue Aug 26 3:42:49 UTC 2008 by koko
These fish are so beautiful and I love the patten and the matching colours!! I am researching about them and I am having so much fun:]

This comment was published on Tue Aug 26 6:23:05 UTC 2008
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