Category:Angelfish (Saltwater)

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Angelfish belong to the family Pomacanthidae. They are found on shallow reefs in the tropical Atlantic, Indian, and mostly western Pacific oceans. The family contains 7 genera and approximately 86 species.

With their vibrant colours and deep, laterally compressed bodies, marine angelfishes are some of the more conspicuous residents of the reef. They most closely resemble the Butterflyfish, a related family of similarly showy reef fish. Marine angelfish are distinguished from Butterflyfish by the presence of strong preopercle spines (part of the gill covers) in the former. Most angelfishes are spawned in captivity, and to get the best results, buy at least two juveniles, and let them pair off, as angelfishes are protogynous hermaphrodites, born females, and the dominant becoming male.

  • Latin names are listed below, for common names click here.

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Common Name Species Name Image Difficulty Maximum Size Tank Size
Banded Angelfish Apolemichthys arcuatus Apolemichthys arcuatus365.jpg Moderate 18 cm 55 gal
Bellus Angelfish Genicanthus bellus Genicanthus bellusmale29348.jpg Moderate 18 cm 100 gal
Bluering Angelfish Pomacanthus annularis Pomacanthus annularis-8382.jpg Moderate 12 in 100 gal
Fireball Angelfish Centropyge aurantonotus Centropyge aurantonotus.jpg Easy 3 in 55 gal
Grey Angelfish Pomacanthus arcuatus Pomacanthus arcuatus, Oceanográfico.jpg Moderate 20 in 250 gal
Griffis Angelfish Apolemichthys griffisi Apolemichthys griffisi828728.jpg Moderate 30 cm 120 gal
Halfblack Angelfish Centropyge vrolikii Centropyge vrolikii.jpg Easy 5 in 70 gal
Japanese Masked Angelfish Genicanthus personatus Genicanthus personatus NOAA.jpg Moderate 9 in 60 gal
Maculosus Angelfish Pomacanthus maculosus Pomacanthus maculosus-3453.jpg Moderate 12 in 100 gal
Multicolor Angelfish Centropyge multicolor Centropyge multicolor3457.jpg Moderate 3.5 in 30 gal
Pygmy Cherub Angelfish Centropyge argi Cherub fish Centropyge argi.jpg Moderate 3 in 30 gal
Reunion Angelfish Apolemichthys guezei No Image.png Moderate 15 cm 75 gal
Royal Angelfish Pygoplites diacanthus Pygoplites diacanthus3453.jpg Challenging 25 cm 80 gal
Rusty Angelfish Centropyge ferrugata Centropyge ferrugata.jpg Moderate 4 in 30 gal
Scribbled Angelfish Chaetodontoplus duboulayi No Image.png Easy 11 in 180 gal
Tiger Angelfish Apolemichthys kingi Apolemichthys kingi P8036639.JPG Moderate 21 cm 55 gal