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Angelfish or Centropyge
eibli are members of the
This dwarf angelfish species is
indigenous to the western Indo-Pacific. Geographical locations stem
Lanka to Malaysia.
This species inhabits
reef formations from depths of 30 to 100 feet.
are larger dwarf angles
reaching an adult length of up to 6 inches. Their pale gray primary
coloring is accentuated by thin orange or red vertical banding from
their heads to shortly before the base of their caudal fins. The most
region of their body and their tail fin is black. This fish is further
with blue highlights. The top of their heads and their anal fins are
in blue for an overall grayish-blue effect. Dorsal, caudal and anal
rimmed in pale blue. Anal fins have curved orange markings prior to the
rimming. These fish often have a hint of orange around their eyes and
underbellies. This species is known by the names red stripe angelfish,
blacktail angel, or Eibli’s (in the possessive form)
you are a novice aquarist,
this species is the perfect choice for your first angelfish in a
aquarium. They are a dwarf angelfish so they do not require an aquarium
size of a small swimming pool. They can be housed in a tank as small as
gallons. They have an easy care rating so they are more likely to
even thrive in inexperienced hands. These are mild mannered fish but
assertive enough to hold their own against bullies. This means they can
house with a vast array of species of varying size and temperament.
even be kept with large, more territorial angelfish. Of course never
marine species with larger more aggressive fish is advisable.
gobies, tilefish, butterflyfish, fairy basslets and wrasse of less
natures will all make excellent tank mates. A small community of
ebilies can be
raised together provided they have adequate swimming room and plenty of
places. You should only keep multiples in the same aquarium if they are
introduced as juveniles. These fish will exhibit territorial behavior
other dwarf angle species. They are considered semi-reef safe. A
learns to derive its nutritional needs from aquarium food and grazing
rocks will be far less likely to nibble at corals or ornamental clams
crustaceans than and adult introduced to the same reef environment.
are omnivorous. Juveniles
are planktonic feeders. Adults live on worms, small crustaceans and
and algae in disproportionate quantities. When keeping any
angelfish an abundant supply of well established cured live rock is
mandatory. A good quality marine angelfish food can be
chopped fresh clams and shrimp. Frozen preparations for omnivores are
acceptable. If keeping multiples it is essential to their health to
large enough algae base to sustain them. Dried algae sheets or frozen
will help ensure their nutritional needs are adequately addressed.
nature, these are harem fish.
A single male is charged with the keeping of up to half a dozen females
many as a dozen juveniles. This same community environment can be
captivity by the introduction of several juveniles to an aquarium. This
is a protogynous
synchronous hermaphroditic species. Juveniles are always female. The
most dominant of the bunch, will transition into a male and take
of his harem. This species rarely breeds in captivity.
of interest: Eibli
Angelfish are exceedingly scarce off the shores of Bali and Flores,
As a result, ebilies are known to breed with pearlscale angelfish (C. vrolikii).
Their hybrids are typically very light gray with faint orange striping.
commercial availability of these hybrids is becoming more commonplace
exportable community from Indonesia.
Another hybrid variation occurs off the coasts of Christmas, Coco-Keeling Islands
and Western Australia.
These are the offspring of coupling between the Eibli and Lemonpeel
flavissima). These hybrids
are a rare and coveted find in the marine
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