Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Scribbled Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus duboulayi) gets their common name from the scribble like markings on their fins. They are not available all that often and when they do become available they can be quite pricey.
This saltwater angelfish has a decent track record of getting on standard angelfish foods like marine angel foods (the frozen cube packs), nori, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp and maybe even pellets. Try to feed them several times per day with heavier amounts of algae and sponge based foods.
The Scribbled Angelfish is sold for around $250 to $800 depending on size and location collected.
Scribbled Angelfish Care
Scientific Name : Chaetodontoplus duboulayi
Common Names : Scribbled Angelfish
Queen Angelfish Care Level : Moderate
Size : 11 inches (28 cm)
Water Parameters : standard saltwater parameters - pH 8.1 - 8.4 | Temperature 72°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C) | SG 1.020 - 1.025 | dKH 8 - 12°
Origin / Habitat : Indo-West Pacific: northern Australia and parts of Indonesia - found near reefs with heavy coral growth, sometimes found in pairs or groups
Temperament / Behavior : May become more aggressive as they get older.
Breeding : No reports of successful breeding attempts in the home aquarium.
Minimum Tank Size : 180 gallons (680 liters)
Tank Mates : It will fight with other angelfish. Should be fine with similar sized non angelfish species.
Fish Disease : Saltwater Fish Disease
Diet / Foods : Eats sponges, algae and tunicates in the wild. There are pre packaged and affordable cube packs now available online and at your local fish store made especially for marine angelfish.
Tank Region : All over the aquarium.
Gender : Males reportedly have the horizontal scribbles not only on the fins but on their body as well. Females will have no scribbles on their body, just the fins and instead have a dark blue body.
Forum : Saltwater Angelfish Forum
Photo Credit : Michael K. Oliver and JJPhoto.dk
Michael, S. W. (2001). Marine Fishes, 500+ Essential to Know Aquarium Species. T.F.H. Publications.
"Chaetodontoplus duboulayi". 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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