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Large Saltwater Angelfish Species

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.

The saltwater angelfish listed here are usually very expensive and you can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $100 dollars or more for them. They are the center piece or show species in most tanks and they can live for a very long time, often 10 years or more if kept properly.

Younger and smaller saltwater angelfish don't seem to handle shipment from collector to retailer and the various stops in between, so a long drip acclimation is in order. It can also be a good idea to keep one or more cleaner shrimp species in the tank with them to help keep them free and clean of pests.

Large saltwater angelfish usually eat sponges, zooplankton, micro and macro algae. There are now saltwater angelfish foods on the market that come in frozen cube packs and these should form the primary portion of their diet. Hikari and Ocean Nutrition have sponge based foods for saltwater angelfish. They will graze on the live rock in between feedings.

Large Angelfish

Genicanthus bellus
Bellus Angelfish
Gets to about 7 inches (18 cm) when fully grown. Needs 120 gallon aquarium or larger.
Holacanthus bermudensis
Blue Angelfish
Up to 15 inches as adults, feeds heavily on sponges. Needs to be fed several times per day.
Euxiphipops xanthometopon
Blueface Angelfish
This large marine angelfish needs at least a 220 gallon aquarium or larger.
Pomacanthus annularis
Annularis Blue Ring Angelfish
The angelfish in Pomacanthus spp. are (generally speaking) less aggressive than the angelfish from Holacanthus spp. but use caution when stocking. It's best to keep annularis angelfish in large fish only type setups. The Blue Ring Angelfish needs lots of open swimming space and needs to be fed often.
Pomacanthus imperator
Emperor Angelfish
This is one of the most expensive saltwater angelfishes to buy. Juveniles look very different than the adults and these Angels need a very high quality diet. They eat lots of sponge in the ocean.
Pomacanthus paru
French Angelfish
A large angelfish that changes colors as it matures. Needs a diet with lots of marine algae. They can be fairly rugged for angels once acclimated.
Pomacanthus semicirculatus
Koran Angelfish
One of the better marine angelfish for hobbyists to keep. Adapts well and is relatively easy to get eating.
Holacanthus ciliaris
Queen Angelfish
Another very expensive and very beautful angel, the Queen Angelfish is another large angel that can reach up to 18 inches in size. Only keep them in the largest of aquariums.
Pygoplites diacanthus
Regal Angelfish
Considered very difficult to keep because it does not adapt well to aquarium life.
Chaetodontoplus duboulayi
Scribbled Angelfish
Seldom available and very expensive if you do find them.

Author : Mike FishLore

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