Queen Angelfish

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Holacanthus ciliaris - (Linnaeus, 1758)
Queen Angelfish

Young adult of a species that grows large and shows many color variations. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

Big, beautiful and full of both grace and stout character, this is indeed the Queen of the angelfish family. However, it is not for everyone, as it gets large and will require lots of swimming room.

Family: Pomacanthidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Reef or reef-sand interface. Provide one or more large bolt holes, rocky crevasses or caves for shelter.

Maximum length: 45 cm (18 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 681 L (180 gal)

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

General swimming level: All levels.

[edit] Feeding

Omnivore. Feed meaty and algae-based foods several times a day. Will benefit from the presence of some live algae and sponge-enriched rations.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

The juveniles will clean other fishes and often hover near the entrance of a crevice or cave. As they grow, they get more confident and spend more time roaming in the open. Once it recognizes its keeper as a source of food, it will beg at the tank surface and take food from his or her fingers. Try to acquire a healthy juvenile and watch it grow; adult angelfishes (of any species) can be hard to acclimate to a new aquarium setting.

[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

It is best to keep only one Queen Angelfish per tank. The young will attack members of their own kind, but are usually not overly aggressive toward unrelated species. As they grow, they are not only antagonistic toward their kin, but they also become more belligerent, and may chase and nip more passive neighbors. A Queen Angel is a threat to a wide range of corals and ornamental invertebrates, and is not considered a desirable addition to the reef tank.

Reference: 101 Best Saltwater Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Queen AngelfishRDF feed
Common name Queen Angelfish  +
Family Pomacanthidae  +
Genus Holacanthus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 18 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 180 gal  +
Native range Caribbean  +, Tropical Western Atlantic  +, Bermuda  +, and Brazil  +
Reference 101 Best Saltwater Fishes  +
Specific name ciliaris  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +