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the family Pomacanthidae.
species is native to both the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
concentrations can be found off the shores of the Aegean Islands and New Guinea as well
as on the Great Barrier Reef. These
fish occupy depths from 10 to 100 feet. Although a marine species,
angelfish can often be found in brackish lagoon water.
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is yet another
large angelfish named for its royal color pallet. These fish are quite
in appearance. Their snouts and lower head region are yellow with a
overcast around the mouth. Their eyes and the foremost anterior part of
body is royal purple. The upper part of their body is saddled in yellow
with blue or purple spots. They have purple bellies, ventral and anal
light blue edges. Their caudal and dorsal fins are yellow with purple
Because of the saddling effect on their mid-body these fish are often
to as blue-girdled angelfish.
quite the loners in their natural environment. In
captivity they are one of the most
territorial of all large angel varieties. This species will exhibit
behavior toward their fellow tank mates, most especially smaller fish
aggression, this fish is best suited for a large show aquarium. The
larger an area they have to perceive as
their own, the less likely they will be to bully the tank’s
other inhabitants. They
will be far more likely to function well in a smaller community tank if
to an established population as juveniles. These angelfish are not good
candidates for a marine reef tank. They
will eat your sponges and corals and almost certainly nip at your clams
ornamental crustaceans. This species can grow to between 8-12 inches as
adult. In an aquarium they are more apt to measure 6-10 inches in
minimum tank size of 100 gallons with plenty of open swimming room is
angelfish, the majestic carries a moderate care level. You do not have
expert saltwater aquarist to successfully raise one.
do however often demonstrate a reluctance to feed in captivity.
is an omnivorous
species. In nature these fish graze on coral and sponges. They also eat
organisms and a limited amount of algae. Lots
of live rock will provide adequate hiding
places and sustenance from a food source they are accustomed to. Once
it acclimates to its new environment, this
species will quickly shed itself of its shy demeanor. This is one of
brazen angelfish. They are far less likely to back away from a foreign
introduced into the tank than most other fish. Majestic angelfish can
trained to eat right out of your hand.
majestic should be fed mysid or brine shrimp unless it has already been
to accept non-living food preparations.
Is should not take long for
species to start eating your food offerings. Once they are feeding for
is time to incorporate other sources of nutrition into their
or freeze dried products containing
spirulina and fortified with sponge matter are ideal.
available on the market that are formulated specifically for marine
fresh krill, table
shrimp, clams and mussels make for excellent hand feeding practice. If
acclimated, a majestic angelfish may live up to 10 years in
species does breed in captivity on rare
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