The author's Majestic Angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) is cruising by a large Tridacna derasa clam in his reef aquarium.
Angelfish form pairs. are generally laid on a vertical surface: a piece of wood, a flat leaf, or even the aquarium glass. Breeders often provide an artificial spawning site such as a piece of slate, a ceramic cone, or a vertical piece of plastic pipe.
Saltwater angelfish are prized for their unique shape and exotic colors. They are also favored for their intelligent behavior, seeming to recognize their owner. Yet successfully keeping angelfish aquariums depends on a number of factors. It's important to select the right angelfish for your particular tank size and set-up, and provide the right foods for that particular species. Many angelfish are not considered reef safe. Tank mates must also be compatible.Angelfish are grazers, constantly looking for food. Depending on the species, some will snack on micro and filamentous algae, and some will nibble on macro algae. They are best introduced into an established saltwater aquarium, and one with good algae growth. Live rock housing small crustaceans is also beneficial.Angelfish must be willing to accept new foods in their diet in order to survive in an aquarium and are therefore considered difficult to keep. Feeding a large variety of foods is important in order to entice them into eating. Once feeding is accomplished, they can survive for long periods of time in captivity.Most angelfish, except the Pygmies () are sponge and tunicate eaters. This makes them hard to acclimate since these foods are generally not included in prepared fish foods. Several sponge-based frozen foods are now available and should be fed to certain angelfish especially those of the genus .
Angelfish for Sale: Saltwater Angelfish for the Home Aquarium
Aquarium Fish: Angelfish In The Reef Aquarium ..
ver the years I've experimented with many angelfish in reef aquariums. Based upon my experiences, I have a pretty good idea of the tendencies of these fish. I use the word "tendencies" because the behavior of fish in reef aquariums can be unpredictable, even within the same species. For example, right now I have a scopas tang ( ) that recently began grazing on the mantles of Tridacnid clams in my 500 gallon reef aquarium. I'm going to have to remove it before the clams die. I only just removed a wrasse ( ) that I had in the same aquarium for many years for the same reason. I've had a sailfin tang ( ) that suddenly began eating to the point where it was wiped out from my aquarium! I caught my powder blue tang ( ) nipping at the tips of some the other day. Now I know why it never opens fully anymore!I once kept the closely related angelfish in an aquarium with soft corals and clams, and it didn't show an interest in anything. This is a limited experience, but it's a fish I'd be willing to take a chance on again.The Brazilian ( ) and African ( ) flameback angels, as well as the cherub angel ( ), are reasonably good choices for reef aquariums. They may sample the mucus from a coral here and there but do little to no damage. In addition, they're as tough as nails. This is another angelfish that's a little pugnacious. Smaller and more delicate fish may be picked on unmercifully.These are some of the larger saltwater angelfish that are sought after by saltwater hobbyists. These saltwater angelfish get quite large, easily over a foot in length and they can be very territorial. Obviously you need a very large tank to adequately keep them and it's wise to introduce them last to limit any aggression with the other fish already in your LARGE aquarium.