Bellus Angelfish

Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
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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.

Female Bellus Angelfish Male Bellus Angelfish

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.

Male Bellus Angelfish Female Bellus Angelfish

Female Bellus Angelfish Bellus Angelfish side view

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 : they need standard saltwater 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 transform into 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

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

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