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Surgeonfish Yellowtail Purple Tang

yellowtail purple tangYellowtail Purple Tang should not be confused with other tang species like powder blue, in which both look closely similar with one another. The fish is also not exactly purple as what the name implies because overall a quick glance would actually come up with a conclusion that it looks more like blue in color. Compared with its other tang cousin in the surgeonfish family, there is not much difference in terms of dietary requirement of a yellowtail purple tang, in which the fish is entirely herbivorous and also other aspects such as compatibility with other saltwater species including tank space requirement. Generally the larger your aquarium, the better it is for your precious pet.

Mixing your purple tang with other surgeonfish species can often becomes tricky because not every fish will go along well with the other. So far, adding a yellowtail to a community aquarium which has presence of blue hippo numbering 2 to 3 in a group should be fine as long as the purple tail is added later part. Under no circumstances should you try to force and mix them with sailfin, achilles or yellow tang because they will end up fighting and the injury resulted from this can be fatal to the fish. Under different conditions, whereby tank space availability becomes a restriction, the fish can often become hostile and that is when you need to take action to separate the fish to prevent further injury.

In terms of difficulty level, caring for your yellowtail purple tang can be labeled as moderately challenging and to sums it all, it’s not the type of pet suitable for novice saltwater aquarium fishkeepers. What I find is that even those hobbyists with several years of experience will struggle to cope up with the fish high demands in terms of perfect water quality and foods. To me, as long as marine algae are abundance, there won’t be problems around since most of the difficult parts have already been taken care of. Needless to say that having a reliable aquarium lighting system is a must to ensure that algae can thrive in your reef tank, enough to feed your fish.

Purple Tang just like all the other tang species is a very active fish and they are very sensitive towards changes in water condition. Because of their active nature, they will require saltwater with high percentage of dissolved oxygen content and this can actually be achieved by using a power filter to create enough surface agitation and mixing to encourage oxygen from normal air to dissolve in the water. Some hobbyist even move a step further by making sure that their saltwater tank system is equipped with pure oxygen supply which can be used during emergency (especially when the fish is sick) or when the temperature of the water rises too high causing dissolved oxygen content to drop.

Other saltwater fish for your marine tank: Dottybacks and Anthias

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Pacific & Red Sea Sailfin Tang

Pacific Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma veliferum)Sailfin Tang is highly sought after by marine hobbyist for its unique dorsal and ventral fin feature because both when fully extended, will actually look like a ship sail, probably that’s how they got their name in the first place. The fish is basically brown in color with multiple stripes cutting across its body. So far, there are two commonly known types of Sailfin Tang species, whereby one is captured from the Pacific known by its scientific name of Zebrasoma veliferum and another species is harvested from Red Sea known as Zebrasoma desjardinii. Both species look closely similar except that the veliferum, which has a darker appearance while the opened fins are much broader and for the desjardinii, more profound dots can be found on the whole body.

Sailfin Tang being a very active swimmer needs to be kept in a large aquarium tank measuring at least 100-gallons and above. Being an overall peaceful fish with rare unpredictable behavior, they will not have any problem getting along with other saltwater fish species. However to avoid unexpected situation, sailfin should only be added to any existing tank while they are still juvenile in order to avoid aggressive behavior usually seen in adult tang. Keeping them as a pet pose a challenge because although the fish has been domesticated and kept in home aquarium for quite a long period, little is known about their exact requirements and breeding profile. Some aquarists even go to the extent to prepare proper hiding place for mating purposes but so far, captive breeding has never been reported.

The behavior of a Sailfin Tang is always an interesting subject and usually becomes a topic of study among aquarist. Being an avid observer, I spent most of my time looking at what they do and a great deal can be learned based on their behavior. The fish is generally a grazer, which spends most of their time searching for foods, and algae being their favorite is searched throughout all corners even among the nooks between live rocks. As long as there’s plenty of foods and wide swimming areas to go along, they will avoid showing any aggression towards other tank mates and will go about with their daily routine minding their own business. Sometimes they can be seen picking up sands and clearing up the bottom layer, for which I think, makes them an efficient tank cleaner as they help to stabilize the whole reef system.

Preparing your water and tank setup to accommodate your pet sailfin tang requires a lot of understanding regarding the fish. Because these fish are usually captured from the open sea as wild fish to be domesticated in home aquarium, the saltwater and overall living condition should mimic to be as close as possible to their natural habitat. Needless to say that water quality is the main important aspect you should always monitor if you want to ensure that your fish stays healthy. In fact, care must be taken especially during preparation and conditioning of the saltwater, adding the right amount of aquarium salt to get the exact salinity and finally the most challenging part is during water changes. After that, maintenance should be carried out as frequent as possible to test water quality, especially to check pH level and also temperature. To achieve all that, the tank must have an established population of corals and live rocks which acts as natural biological filtration system.

Other interesting fish species: Saltwater Angelfish

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Achilles Tang Fish Species Info

Achilles Tang FishAchilles Tang is basically an orange and black colored variant combination of the surgeonfish family. This type of tang is different from the rest not only by its color mix but also from the distinct pattern whereby towards the end of the tail fin, there’s a presence of an orange patch. More commonly referred to by its scientific name, Acanthurus achilles, the fish has a very specific requirement and needs when it comes to feeding, interaction with other saltwater species and water quality.

Achilles Tang accepts primarily plant-based material as food. In fact, just like its cousins in the same fish family such as the chevon, powder blue and yellow tang, their main source of diet is usually algae growing on the surface of live rocks. You can even consider varying their diet with use of dried seaweed wafers or spirulina, which can be easily bought at certain aquarium stores. Based on my experience and collected info, what I find is that with wide range of different foods, the fish stands better chance to survive in captivity and live longer. Unfortunately on both occasions that I have with my own achilles tang, the first one managed to survive for only 3 months while the second one live longer close to 2 years.

When it comes to fish compatibility, surgeonfish can be very territorial when housed together with their own kind but with other fish species such as clownfish, blennies and other invertebrates, generally they will tolerate their presence with minimal aggression. This proves to be no exception with achilles tang and in fact, with their bright orange colored tail, it’s a sign and warning to other invading fish species that they will attack when being threatened. Generally, the fish is often seen living in pairs only during mating season while the rest of the time, achilles tang is often seen swimming alone especially during the juvenile period. Therefore, the fish is best kept with only one of its kind in a single saltwater tank.

Related to water quality, Acanthurus achilles is very particular about changes in testing parameters such as ammonia and nitrite content including water salinity level. So far based on my observation, they generally do well in sg range between 1.022 to 1.026 measured using hydrometer and it’s best to avoid any fluctuation especially during aquarium saltwater change. For pH, anywhere around 8.0 to 8.5 should be alright and still within their tolerance limit. Apart from that, Achilles tang is also susceptible to aquarium fish disease such as parasites and ich infestation and therefore, water quality is always your main focal point here. Finally, a good marine hobbyist is always well prepared and as such, basic supplies like aquarium medication, pH test kit should always be around for use during emergency.

Other types of tang fish: Pacific Sailfin & Yellowtail Purple Tang

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Caring & Feeding Powder Blue Tang

Powder Blue Tang

Powder Blue Tang is not the type of fish recommended for beginners to saltwater aquarium. The main reason why is because caring for the fish requires a lot of attention and the species can be very sensitive towards changes in terms of salinity and water temperature. Although there are different sizes of tangs sold in the pet store, one should not be tempted to buy and then try your luck hoping that they could live and survive in your home aquarium. Other than the water requirement, powder blue tang can also be very picky when it comes to its tank mates because they will often become territorial and aggressive over time.

One of the main obstacles when it comes to addition of new tang fish to an aquarium is trying to make them adapt to the new environment. Although one can simulate the exact living condition just like the open sea, there is no such thing as being perfect. Even with an established reef system, which supplies natural food for your powder blue tang, the situation can sometimes be difficult to control and the fish will die without yourself understanding the causes. In certain cases the fish is also known to develop ich or white spot infestation on its body which is actually a result of stress and lower immune system when adjusting to new tank environment.

Feeding your pet should be done with extreme care because you must understand what their diet is in the first place. Just like any other saltwater tang, they main food is usually algae which is found in abundance among corals and live rocks. Therefore, without an aquarium system that already has an established supply of the fish’s natural food, it can actually mean starving your pet to death. Some aquarist will actually provide and feed their powder blue tang with marine algae wafer but the benefit that comes from using the dried source will mean that your fish will not get all the benefits that only natural food has. Note that whatever purchased fish flake that you intend to give to them should only be considered as secondary supplement and never be used as their main diet.

Since the fish is very sensitive to changes, an ideal aquarium setup should have all the basic equipment in place to prevent shock and extreme undesirable condition. Other than having protein skimmer or external power filter with bio-balls for natural biological filtration, it is also beneficial to have an externally equipped water storage tank as a standby to immediately change the saltwater if there’s any problem detected with regards to fluctuating ammonia or nitrate levels. Therefore, I always believe it is good to be prepared for any eventualities.

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Blue Hippo Tang Care & Diet

Blue Hippo Tang CareBlue Hippo or commonly known as Regal Tang will never fail to amuse or entertain saltwater fish lovers with their agile and swift swimming style moving from one side of the aquarium to another. Being an active swimmer, they prefer large tank size to live in, which should measure at least 70 gallons and above so that they can reach maximum growing length of up to 10 inches. Blue hippo tang is commonly found off the waters located in the southern and western pacific, especially areas closer to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Identifying blue hippo tang should be relatively easy because the fish can be easily recognized by its flat body with overall wide front and then comes to narrow-ending shape at the tail end. The species comprises mainly of 3 different colors, which are marine blue, black and then yellow that appears only on the tail fin region. Just like other Surgeonfish family, the tail has a sharp end, which could easily inflict injury to the person handling the fish, and thus precaution must be taken while changing aquarium saltwater.

Blue hippo tang requires moderate care and attention and generally it qualifies as one of the saltwater species recommended for intermediate level of experience required for aquarium hobbyist. They are naturally peaceful and will adapt well to any saltwater community tank often living in a group numbering from 2-4 of the same species. If you intend to introduce the fish to an established community aquarium, make sure that you buy your selection of blue hippo tang while they are still juvenile and add them together so that they can grow up in the same group. One of the common mistakes made by hobbyist is to purchase different types of adult blue hippo fish as pets and then introduce them together to the same confinement hoping that they will adapt to each other. What they do not realize is that adult fish can be harvested and captured from different places or region and thus these fishes will usually ended up fighting with each other. Buying juvenile blue hippo also has the advantage in the sense that they will easily adjust to any new tank environment and they will have fewer chances of being under stress and then developing aggressive behavior.

Being a curious community fish, newly introduced blue hippo tang will take time to explore the whole tank and sometimes they love to find secluded spots among corals so that they can hide in it. Another thing to note also is that they belong to the groups of fish, which are strictly herbivorous, and thus their diet should comprise only of marine vegetable feed such as algae and seaweed. Apart from that, important things which you should also take note is that blue hippo can be susceptible to saltwater disease during the initial period when they are being introduced to the aquarium. Therefore, having basic aquarium medication in place can often save you a lot of trouble having to deal with problems later part to treat them and preventing the spread of saltwater fish disease.

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Raising Yellow Tang as Pets

yellow tangThe Yellow Tang can be easily recognized by its full yellow color appearance throughout the whole body including all its fins. Being a friendly community fish that can adapt and live with other marine species, they are always an automatic choice for all saltwater aquariums. Caring for your yellow tang is also not difficult because this fish can easily adapt and adjust itself to the new aquarium condition. As such, they are also one of the species recommended for saltwater tank beginner and they are definitely perfect pets for your kids to watch and enjoy. As long as the aquarium size is large enough to accommodate the right number of fish with plenty of room and food (microalgae) to go around, they will practically survive on their own.

Maintaining clean water condition is always your top priority if you intend to keep your yellow tang healthy. As with any other marine species, deteriorating water condition can easily cause the spread of saltwater fish disease especially ich that can lead to death if treatment does not take place as soon as possible. When introducing your newly acquired yellow tang to their new home, make sure that the pH and water temperature of the tank is close or almost similar to the water in the fish bag or else you could risk introducing unnecessary stress. Usually during this critical period, you will find most of the time, the fish will go into hiding and common problems you will observe is the fish losing color and become whitish. As a responsible owner, you should do your best to closely monitor the water quality and try to maintain the salinity level at around 1.018 to 1.021 and watch carefully for sudden jump or increase in ammonia or nitrite level. But once everything stabilizes, (usually after one to two weeks period), there won't be much problem later on.

group of yellow tang fishOne of the common mistakes made by yellow tang owners is to feed them shrimps or krill. The reason why you shouldn’t do that is because yellow tangs are actually herbivorous and they will only accept plant materials and their favorite past time is to nip on the surface of live rocks looking for foods. Certain individuals will even add supplement by adding seaweed, normally sold at pet stores, which will make excellent meal for your pets. Other than that, in order to provide the best care, make sure that you have at least 2 to 3 of the same yellow tangs species so that they will keep each other company (but avoid other adding other tang species such as chevron). In the wild, they always travel in small groups and that’s why it is a good idea to provide the same living condition as close as possible to their natural habitat. In addition to that, you could also add an artificial cave or use an inverted flowerpot to provide them a hiding place so that they won't get frightened easily.

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Chevron Tang Fish (Hawaiian Bristletooth)

Chevron Tang Fish Hawaiian BristletoothChevron Tang nicknamed Hawaiian Bristletooth, is one of the best home aquarium saltwater fish species, which is highly sought after by marine hobbyist. Unlike the rest of the tang fish, chevron is unique in the sense that it has a bright orange red coloration combined with blue and purple lines covering its body. As with all other surgeonfish species, the juvenile fish will display full bright coloration but as they mature and grow older the adult tang will turn into slightly darker brown color. The size of a chevron tang is also small compared with the other Ctenochaetus in the same group, often reaching only about 7 inches in length. However, being small does not mean that you should house them in lower capacity fish tank because just like any of their saltwater cousin, they prefer wide swimming space to achieve normal growth development and as such 80-gallon tank is the minimum you should provide.

Aquarium setup for your chevron tang should have an established population of corals and live rock before you add them in. Since they spend most of their time searching for algae as food, nibbling on the rock surface, you must ensure that the tank is equipped with proper aquarium lighting so that they have ample supply of algae to find when they swim around. In fact, once in a while, you can also add supplements such as marine algae wafer, which you can easily bought in pet stores in order to provide extra nutrition and enrich their diet.

The best water temperature for your tang fish is to control it within 22 to 26 degree Celsius range. In order to achieve that, make sure that you have a reliable aquarium heater to use during cold season or if you are staying in hot region, make sure that there is an aquarium chiller to cool it down and bring the temperature within the desired range. Good water circulation is not only important for your coral population but this will also ensure that the aquarium water is oxygen rich so that your Chevron Tangs will thrive well in it. As such a desirable aquarium setup should have a proper aeration system such as using a powerhead filter to create the surface agitation and at the same time cleans up the water. In order to prevent spread of saltwater fish disease, it is also best to use a UV sterilizer in order to lower bacteria population count so that your pet will not be exposed to danger of contracting disease from other tank mates.

Overall, the chevron tang is considered a hardy saltwater fish that is not sensitive towards slight changes in water parameters and living condition, as they will generally adapt to it. When it comes to community behavior, the fish will get along with other species such as clownfish, angelfish and other invertebrates without showing aggression or territorial behavior. As such they definitely make excellent pets and are certainly wonderful prized addition to any marine community tank setup.

If you are a first timer when it comes to saltwater aquariums, I would suggest you read up on some environmental considerations for your saltwater tanks.

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Scribbled Angelfish Species Profile

Scribbled AngelfishScribbled Angelfish is considered an ideal pet as addition to your marine saltwater tank because of their docile nature. Similar like the other angelfish species such as the queen, emperor and dwarf yellow angelfish, they are also regarded as one of the most beautiful saltwater species. Scribbled angelfish is unique in such a way that their have strong blend and combination of blue plus yellow colors that form a similar pattern with the yellow band running along the front gill and another between the top fin and body (insert picture).

Captive breeding of scribbled angelfish has been reported before but it has not been carried out in large scale involving fish farming due to the complexity of pairing them up together. The species that you saw sold in pet stores are mostly caught around the areas close to the Great Barrier Reef in Western Australia and then exported to different countries, as this is much more economical approach. The fish is generally accepted as a good community aquarium fish species and it’s very unusual that they will turn aggressive towards other tank mates. A full grown adult size can usually reach almost 10 inches in length and a recommended tank capacity to accommodate them should be at least 80 gallons and above. And because they are docile species that will take time to adjust themselves to new aquarium, I would suggest putting up aquarium background to cover the tank sides so that they won’t get startled easily.

Just like their close angelfish relative, scribbled angelfish also love to eat algae and sponges including other small invertebrates. To keep them healthy, make sure that the live foods such as krill are quarantined before you add in to the fish tank. Avoid buying and then putting the fish to an aquarium, which haven’t been fully cycled and condition such as cloudy aquarium can cause grievous harm to your pet. It is always a good idea to get some aquarium test kit, which can give accurate measurement of water condition and make the necessary water adjustment like doing saltwater change immediately when you detect problems. A healthy scribbled angelfish specimen can cost you anywhere between $200 to $500 depending on size and it’s up to you to put up your best effort to take care and ensure that they get what they deserve.

If you like to know more about other related angelfish genus, I suggest you check out The Centropyge. Also have you ever thought of having a unique aquarium? Check out why corner aquarium is one of the most popular choices among fish owners.

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Types of Saltwater Tang Fish

Surgeonfish or better known as Tang is usually the first choice of fish selected as pets for any marine aquarium. The name “surgeon” given to the fish actually comes from its base tail fin appearance that resembles a scalpel, which could actually inflict a deep cut to the handler when threatened. Other than the sharp fin, tang fish is also different from other marine species based on their special oval shaped body appearance which when you look from the front, is actually very thin. Other than that, the mouth region is also protruding out and all these features make them easily identifiable.

Tang can be classified into one large group or family known by its scientific name as Acanthuridae which also includes the Unicornfish. From the table below, you will find some of the most common tang fish species in high demand and sought after among fish lovers. Note that each individual species can be identified based on their different shapes, color appearance and sizes.


Common Name

Scientific Name

Chevron Tang
Chevron Tang
Ctenochaetus hawaiiensis

Yellow Tang

Yellow Tang
Zebrasoma flavescens

Blue Hippo Regal Tang
Blue Hippo/
Regal Tang
Paracanthurus hepatus

Blue Powder Tang
Powder Blue Tang
Acanthurus Leucosternon

Achilles Tang

Achilles Tang
Acanthurus achilles

Sailfin Tang

Sailfin Tang
Zebrasoma veliferum

Yellowtail Purple Tang
Yellowtail Purple TangZebrasoma xanthurum

Taking care of your tang can be a very tedious process because they require constant feeding due to their active nature. Rather than one large heavy meal of spirulina algae feed, they prefer the food to be spread around to different meals, usually 4 times a day. Other than that, they are also sensitive to changes in water quality and because of that they are highly susceptible to contacting parasitic saltwater fish disease, which could spread to other tank mates. Even when you are performing water change, it should be done with extreme care because temperature shock can be also one of the cause leading to sick tang fish. Tangs if properly cared for can grow up to more than a foot in length and as such, because of their large size marine hobbyist usually keep one individual tang species in a single tank and partly this is also due to their aggressive behavior.

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Emperor Angelfish Diet & Care Info

Emperor Angelfish CareTaking care of your Emperor Angelfish often requires a lot of patience and commitment because the most difficult thing to ensure their survival is to fulfill their requirement on the right diet. This is basically important because if not, the color will become off and you will notice your pet will lie still and becoming less active. A healthy emperor angelfish usually swims around actively and also enthusiastically looking around for foods.

Basically their favorite diet comprises mainly algae and sponges which they love the most. Algae is readily available for your fish to feed on if you have a healthy population of reef and live rock. In order to make sure that you have enough supply of food, do not overstock the aquarium and if possible use the best aquarium lighting to ensure that the algae thrive and then regenerate enough for your emperor angelfish to survive. If possible maintain the right amount of live rock, which should be 1.5 pounds per gallon of water available in your fish tank.

Usually hobbyist nowadays prefer to buy a juvenile fish because it is easier to make them adapt to current water condition and living environment. Don’t worry about color appearance because the juvenile angelfish looks as stunning comparable to the adult angelfish and generally the species can adapt well to the community aquarium comprises of tang, clownfish and even blennies. Based on my own experience, I find that there are more chances for them to join and adapt together with the rest of the species provided you introduce them as final addition. Sometimes, on odd circumstances they can become aggressive and if you observe that they keep on pestering the rest, then you should take measures to stop this. I had an experience with mine because few years ago, the first emperor angelfish that I’ve bought did not get along well with other tank mates and I have to head back again to the aquarium store to change to another emperor angelfish. Luckily the second one blends in well with the rest of my tropical tank species.

A mature emperor angelfish can grow up to 1 feet in length provided that you vary their diet to include shrimp, krill and other small invertebrates. Other aspects like water quality can be improved by equipping your tank with UV sterilizer and protein skimmer while the best tank set up should be as large as possible (something like 120 gallon and above). Nowadays, it’s quite rare to see the fish being sold in pet stores but if I ever find one I wouldn’t miss the chance to consider getting one of this fish as addition to my new tank.
Is it possible to use natural seawater for saltwater fish tank?

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Blue Striped and Queen Angelfish

Queen AngelfishBlue Angelfish looks almost similar to the Queen Angelfish except for the color pattern and marking on its body and fins. A blue angelfish can be recognized and identified based on the presence of yellow band on the tip of its fins and the body has dominant blue color appearance while some can be slightly greenish. Certain rare type can even have a vertical blue band cutting across it body and these species were commonly known as blue striped. Queen angelfish on the other hand, appears mostly blue green to yellowish while the tip of the fins are now dark blue in color. Compared to each other, you can even find more blue colored spots on the queen angelfish compared to the blue species.

Both types of angelfish actually belong to the same genus, which is called Holacanthus. Although the fishes belong to the same group, sometimes it can be difficult to add both species in the same tank to live together. Between angelfish, they can become aggressive and it’s not uncommon to see them fighting as soon as you added them. Except when you have a mating pair, it’s very rare to see angelfish swimming together. There should only be one single species in a marine aquarium but they should be able to live well and coexist along with other tropical species like clownfish, blennies and tang.

When it comes to food, Holacanthus can be extremely picky and they only accept sponges most of the time. Due to this, marine hobbyist often have difficulties sourcing for their food supply because only certain pet stores sell it and sometimes they even run out of stock. There are two approaches to solve this, one is to get the largest tank possible which you can afford and then establish your population of live rock with sponges in it or you can choose another way by having a separate tank that grow invertebrates in it. This will ensure that your blue angelfish or queen angelfish will always have enough supply of food for their growth and development.

Find out about other interesting saltwater marine species like the Tang

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Marine Yellow Dwarf Angelfish Care

Yellow Dwarf AngelfishMost of the Dwarf Angelfish from the Centropyge genus is usually characterized and identified by the yellow color appearance although not all the species in this group share the same coloration. As the name implies this, the fish does not grow up to very large size, reaching only about 3 to 4 inches in length. However, don’t be fooled by their size because dwarf angelfish will attentively defend its territory, often fighting with any new addition to their marine saltwater tank. Yellow Angelfish like the false lemon (C. heraldi) is pretty popular and so does the red flame angelfish (C. loricula). Another variation of the yellow angelfish is the Lemonpeel Angelfish (C. flavissimus) which can be seen having the blue colored ring around its eye (as shown in the picture above).

Yellow dwarf angelfish and other species from this group are very prone to contacting ich and other saltwater fish disease and as such, perfect water condition must be maintained at all times. Usually a healthy specimen will exhibit full bright coloration while sick fish will show dull and pale appearance. As with other angelfish genus, these group of marine fish are also very picky when it comes to food and they love nipping on the surface of live rock. If you do not have established population of live rock make sure that you have constant fresh supply of spirulina algae to feed them. However, compared with types of angelfish genus, caring for yellow dwarf is not particularly demanding or tough while the other species like flame angelfish can be pretty hardy, meaning that they can tolerate changes in water quality quite well.

Breeding Centropyge in captivity has been successfully reported although personally I never did come to that stage. Centropyge are considered “protogynous” meaning that sex change will occur at certain stage of their life. Young yellow angelfish are all born females but towards certain stage approaching maturity, some larger sized dominant fish will undergo hormonal sex change to become a male. When scouting for your perfect dwarf angelfish as new addition to your saltwater tank, it is best to select the one, which are born and bred in captivity. I would suggest you avoid buying angelfish that are actually caught in the wild because most of these fish have yet to undergo acclimatization process. Some unscrupulous traders actually subject it to harsh, totally new aquarium environment and these types of fish will less likely survive in their new tank. If you are a novice interested in this hobby, I would suggest you learn up about the right way to set up your first saltwater tank.

Other saltwater angelfish species:
Blue and Queen Angelfish, Emperor Angelfish & Scribbled Angelfish

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Rare Tropical Saltwater Angelfish

Saltwater Angelfish is one of the most colorful and diverse tropical marine family (Pomacanthidae), which you should consider adding to your home aquarium pet fish collection. The fish can generally be grouped according to different genera and some of the most popular species are all listed in the table below:

Yellow Angelfish


Centropyge heraldi

Yellow Angelfish, False Lemon Angelfish

Queen Angelfish


Holacanthus ciliaris,
Holacanthus bermudensis
Queen Angelfish,
Blue Angelfish

Emperor Angelfish
Pomacanthus imperator

Emperor Angelfish, Imperial Angelfish

Scribbled Angelfish

Chaetodontoplus duboulayi

Scribbled Angelfish
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Most of the angelfish species like the emperor angelfish are not suitable for aquarium fish beginners because they have high requirements in terms of diet and water quality. Even some of the experienced hobbyist will find it hard to keep and successfully breed them in home aquarium and one of the main factors related to this is that they are very particular when it comes to diet. Certain angelfish species do well with strict diet that consist only of marine invertebrates like sponges while others love spirulina and brine shrimp.

Certain fish hobbyist even go up to the extent of using substitute food that is not sponge derived but in the end, what they obtain are fish stock with poor colors. Even the water that they live in must be properly cycled and the whole aquarium setup must be equipped with strong power filters. With established population of live rock, your pets will stand better chance of survival and adapting well to their new home. Angelfish if properly cared for can grow up to very large and display magnificent coloration. Depends on which group, some will appear in yellow like the false lemon angelfish while other rare species have mix of blue neon or green coloration that simply look stunning.

Mixing different types of angelfish to form a community tank should be done with extreme care because fighting will usually occur especially when you mix the small-sized dwarf angelfish (Centropyge) and large-sized angelfish (Holacanthus) genera together. It is best that your pet should be housed together with the other fish from the same genera to avoid aggressive and territorial behavior. Even then, you should also ensure that you have the largest aquarium size possible measuring at least 75-gallon with sufficient hiding spots by placing aquarium decorations.

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My fascination and interest towards aquarium fish has led me to devote my time towards caring and learning about this wonderful pet.

Aquarium fish keeping is a very challenging and exciting hobby. When I first started, I never knew much or have the necessary guidance back then because none of my family members were actually a keen hobbyist. And because of that, I’ve encountered numerous failures and the worst part is having to deal with dead fish every time when you started to grow fond and getting attached to my pets. However, I persevered and took steps to find out and search for information from other hobbyist, apart from the knowledge gained and learned from my own experience and research. The blog that I’ve created here is meant to share useful information and tips about aquarium fish keeping so that new hobbyist will not make the same mistakes that I’ve made in the past."

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