Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Bellus Angelfish (Genicanthus bellus) is one of the smaller saltwater angelfish species but is not considered a dwarf species.
The males and females are easy to differentiate with the males having an orange dorsal fin and an orange horizontal band near the lateral line. In females the dorsal and lateral line band will be black.
The Bellus Angelfish gets to about 7 inches (18 cm) as adults and seems to adapt well to the aquarium. They are not all that commonly available at fish stores or online and if you do see one available be prepared to pay anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on the size.
Bellus Angelfish Care
Scientific Name : Genicanthus bellus
Common Names : Ornate Angelfish
Queen Angelfish Care Level : Moderate, needs a bigger tank
Size : Up to 7 inches (18 cm)
Life span : 10 years, possibly longer
Water Parameters : pH 8.1 - 8.4 | Temperature 72°F - 76°F (22°C - 24°C) | SG 1.020 - 1.025 | dKH 8 - 12°
Origin / Habitat : Eastern Indian Ocean at depths of 20 to 100 meters
Temperament / Behavior : Males may fight with other males and with other angelfish species. Keep only male to a tank, but a single male can be kept with multiple females in large enough aquariums.
Breeding : Females can change sex to males and are open water egg scatterers. Many spawnings have taken place in the home aquarium but no successful larvae have been raised.
Aquarium Size : 120 gallon (450 liters) minimum
Compatible Tank Mates : Other large fish species. May fight with other saltwater angelfish.
Fish Disease : Saltwater Fish Disease
Food : Omnivores and primarily a plankton eater. A varied diet with live or thawed marine foods offered frequently. There are even frozen foods made especially for large angelfish now.
Tank Region : All over the aquarium.
Gender : Males look very different from females. The females will have dark colors and a dark band on the dorsal fin and near the lateral line. Males will have an orange or yellow dorsal fin and an orange band near the lateral line.
Forum : Saltwater Angelfish Forum
Photo Credit : Photos copyright JJPhoto.dk
Michael, S. W. (2001). Marine Fishes, 500+ Essential to Know Aquarium Species. T.F.H. Publications.
"Genicanthus bellus". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. November 2005 version.
Michael, S. W. (2004) Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes. T.F.H. Publications
Bellus Angelfish Comments
More Large Saltwater Angelfish Profiles
One of the better marine angelfish for hobbyists to keep. Adapts well and is relatively easy to get eating.
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.
Considered very difficult to keep because it does not adapt well to aquarium life.
Seldom available and very expensive if you do find them.