Coral Beauty Angelfish
Other Coral Beauty Angelfish Names:
Coral Beauty, Dusky Angelfish, Twospined Angelfish
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Group: Angel Fish (Angel Fishes)
Distribution: Indo Pacific; Scattered reef areas in the tropical central to western Pacific; Hawaii, Society Islands, Australia, New Guinea, Philippines and Guam. Although survival records for captive Coral Beauties taken from the Phillipines have been considered poor.
Coral Beauty Angelfish Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)
Coral Beauty Angelfish Minimum Tank Size:
Sometimes timid but can also be aggressive with smaller tank mates.
Coral Beauty Angelfish Diet & Nutrition:
Dwarf angels, unlike their larger brethren are notably not as dependent on sponge materials for nutrition. Algae is very important, and accounts for nearly 70% of their total intake in natural habitats. Some keepers will culture rocks within a refugium system, allowing them to overgrow with algae and then placing them within the main tank for feeding. However dried flakes, frozen fares and fresh greens will be readily accepted. A varied diet will ensure healthy colouration and metabolic development.
Coral Beauty Angelfish Description:
The Coral Beauty is a stunningly colorful Dwarf Angelfish. Its body is mostly dark blue while the sides of its body has an undercolor of reds, yellows and oranges with narrow blue bars. These fish do very well in aquariums and prefer lots of rockwork to feel comfortable. The Coral Beauty Angel should be kept in a tank of 50 gallons or larger, so it'll have ample room to roam. They will spend most of their day grazing algae that grows on live rock. They should not be kept with other Dwarf Angels and only one should be kept per tank.
The Angelfish family is a group of colorful and elegant fish that are adored by both the serious and casual observer. These fish are mainly available to the hobbyist under the Genus Pomacanthus and Centropyge. Pomacanthus Angels are the larger more robust species. The Centropyge Genus are made up of smaller fish that feed primarily on algae from the reef surface. The adult Pomacanthus Angels usually have long dorsal and anal fins and a rounded face. The Pomacanthus Angels will change color quite dramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. The Centropyge Angels are found predominantly in the Indo-Pacific while only a couple of species, like the Pygmy and Flameback Angels, are found in the Atlantic and Caribbean. At the same time, the Pomacanthus Angels dominate the Atlantic and Caribbean while in the Indo-Pacific they are less prominent. The Centropyge Angels do not change color dramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. These smaller Angels are often seen milling around reefs which they use for both shelter and as a food source. Angelfish are differentiated from Butterflyfish by the small spine that extends from the bottom of their rear gill cover.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Timid; Dwarf angels are known prey items for many larger reef fishes. Which explains their inquisitive and alert behaviour. Placing these fish with larger predatory species should be avoided (ie: Groupers/Bass, Lionfish, Triggers). Correspondingly, smaller docile tankmates should be avoided. As they will tend to get chased around the tank regularly. Although many keepers have successfully housed Coral angels with smaller species, caution should still be considered. Dwarf angels are best introduced into communities last or close to it.
Coral Beauty Angelfish Breeding & Spawning:
The species has been bred in captivity with some young being raised to small size.
Determining Coral Beauty Angelfish Sex:
As with other dwarf angels they are synchronous protogynic hermaphrodites. They start out sexually undifferentiated, develop into females, and with environmental influences will develop into males. Males are typically larger.