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Beauty Angelfish or Centropyge
bispinosus are members of the family Pomacanthidae. This species is
to the Indo-Pacific, from East
Philippine Islands. Most of the coral beauties made available for the
industry originate from Fiji.
Dwarf angelfish lives
up to its name. Their heads, upper body region and dorsal fin are
or purple. This primary coloration fades into yellow or orange
into shade of pink at mid-body. Thin vertical banding of the primary
breaks up this transition. Pectoral fins are typically orange or
and caudal fins are blue or purple. All but the pectoral fins are
outlined in neon blue. This species is also sold under the trade names
Twospined Angel or Dusky Angelfish.
is an excellent choice for
amateur aquarists who want to own their first angelfish. They have all
exotic beauty one expects in a marine angelfish. They only grow to an
length of 4 inches. So you don’t need an enormous aquarium to
house them. They
can be raised in a tank as small as 30 gallons. Most dwarf angels carry
moderate to expert care level (depending on the informational source).
beauties are one of the hardiest angelfish. These fish have an easy
so they are perfect for novice saltwater aquarium owners. Regardless of
most angelfish are labeled as semi-aggressive. This species is among
peace loving of all angelfish. They may pick on smaller fish or fight
looking species as they mature but the do not demonstrate near the
territorial behavior of most angels. More experienced aquarists will
fact that this species is rated reef safe if it is introduced to a
environment as juvenile and is well fed as an adult. All of these
the coral beauty one of the most popular and commonly kept angelfish in
is an omnivorous species.
Juveniles are primarily planktonic feeders. An
adult’s diet consists largely
of algae. You will need to supply your aquarium with plenty of cured
to insure the general health of any marine angelfish. Coral,
mollusks and worms comprise the remainder of an adult’s
dietary intake. This is
why you want to introduce this species to a reef set up when they are
juveniles. The trick is to get them accustomed to aquarium food and
their total dietary intake before they develop their adult taste buds.
should take place 2-3 times a day.
most angelfish, this is a
hermaphroditic species. They are born of indeterminate sexuality. They
then develop into females. In a population consisting exclusively of
the largest, most dominant fish will undergo a hormonal change until it
into a male.
beauties are one of the few
marine species that have been known to breed in home aquariums.
induced by the release of a gamete, or sex cell, into the water. The
presence will make this species feel the need to spawn. Spawning occurs
before dusk in their natural environment. In an aquarium spawning is
cyclic. Spawning will take place precisely one hour before the lights
in an aquarium with a timer. The fact that breeding habits make the
into captivity is truly phenomenal.
begins with the male
dashing around erratically in a pre-mating dance. Once the female is
the perspective mates will then begin swimming side by side. The two
seek out the most turbulent area in the aquarium. This is generally
to the power head. The male will rub his nose against the
female’s side. The
female will respond by expanding her fins in a seductive manner and
dashing off so as not to be thought of as an easy target for the
completed, the female will release a small clutch of eggs (usually
at a time for fertilization. The eggs are left to float away. Juveniles
platonic feeders. Fry must be fed newly hatched brine shrimp in order
increase their likelihood of survival.
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