The aptly named coral beauty angelfish is undoubtedly one of the most popular fish for saltwater aquariums. It’s known as one of the most beautiful dwarf angelfish available for business or home aquariums. Because it is friendly, strong, relatively peaceful, and easy to maintain, it’s also ideal for a beginning enthusiast.
If you already own one of these fish or are considering obtaining one for your aquarium, following are some of the facts you should know.
All About Coral Beauty Angelfish
- They are also called “two-spined angelfish” or “dusky angelfish.”
- Their scientific name is Centropyge bispinosus. They are part of the Pomacanthidae family.
- They are relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain.
- Other types of angelfish tend to be more aggressive than the coral beauty angelfish, but some coral beauties can be mildly territorial in smaller tanks.
- Their bodies and heads are a deep, royal blue, but they may feature some hints of orange, yellow, or other bright colors.
- Coral beauty angelfish can grow to about four inches, but most are only about 2 inches.
- All coral beauties are born female, but larger fish later become male.
- They are omnivores. Their diet should consist of spirulina-enriched foods, marine algae, and frozen shrimp or other high-quality meaty foods.
- The temperature of the water in their tank should be 72 to 78 degrees, and the pH should be 8.1 to 8.4.
- They are originally from Fiji and Indonesia.
- They are very active and energetic, so they require a large fish tank, preferably 70 gallons but no less than 55 gallons.
- Placing live rock in the tank with them is recommended, as they like to graze on algae.
- Unless they grew up together, coral beauty angelfish don’t get along well with other coral beauties.
- They require lots of hiding places in the fish tank.
- Any type of aquarium lighting is just fine for the fish, but moderate lighting is ideal to encourage the growth of algae for them to munch on. In nature, dim or blue lighting is predominant.
- They can live for 10 to 15 years in nature.
Adding Coral Beauty Angelfish to Your Saltwater Aquarium
If you own a saltwater aquarium and are considering adding a coral beauty into it, contact us at Seatech Aquariums for tips on how to properly acclimate the fish to an existing tank. We can also tell you more about their lifestyle, habits, and feeding preferences.
Contact us through our Seatech Aquariums website or by phone at (602) 628-7270 for more information.