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Coral Beauty

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Centropyge bispinosa - (Günther, 1860)
Coral Beauty

A great choice for new aquarists, hardy and relatively peaceful. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

This is an excellent beginner’s angelfish, having both eye-catching beauty and an ability to adjust and do well in many home aquariums. Its colors vary considerably, with orange, purple or blue hues predominating in fish from different regions.

Family: Pomacanthidae

Other common name(s):

  • Twospined Angelfish
  • Dusky Angelfish

Native range:

Habitat: Reef. Provide various sheltering places in the form of caves and crevices in the live rock aquascape.

Maximum length: 10 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels, usually near substrate.

[edit] Feeding

Omnivore. Feed meaty and algae-based foods several times a day. Will benefit from the presence of some live algae for grazing and regular supplementation with color-enhancing marine rations.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

While the Coral Beauty may be antagonistic toward passive species introduced after it has acclimated to its new home, it is typically not overly combative. More than one can be kept in the same tank if it is large enough and the fish are added simultaneously. Add two smaller individuals or one large and one small to decrease chances of getting two males, which are more likely to quarrel with each other. As with all the smaller angelfish species, an occasional individual may nip at large-polyped stony corals or clam mantles.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Egg scatterers that produce pelagic eggs, often in midwater mating rituals. Both eggs and larvae that drift with plankton in the water column and settle back onto a reef at about the time of metamorphosis. These are among the most challenging types of marine fishes to propagate in captivity.

[edit] Notes

This can be a rather shy species that peeks out from hiding places, occasionally moving out from cover to pick at detritus and algae on the aquarium substrate. It will be bolder in a peaceful community setting.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Coral BeautyRDF feed
Common name Coral Beauty  +, Twospined Angelfish  +, and Dusky Angelfish  +
Family Pomacanthidae  +
Genus Centropyge  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 4 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 30 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +, East Africa  +, Tuamotu Islands  +, and Lord Howe Island  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name bispinosa  +
Swimming level All levels, usually near substrate.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +