Singapore Angelfish

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Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus - (Bleeker, 1853)
Singapore Angelfish

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This angelfish likes plenty of hiding places and peaceful tankmates. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

In captivity, this handsome, butterflylike species is somewhat of an enigma; some individuals adapt quickly to aquarium life, while others hide constantly and never feed.

Family: Pomacanthidae

Other common name(s):

  • Vermiculated Angelfish
  • Emperor Butterflyfish
  • Red Sea Butterflyfish

Native range:

Habitat: Inhabits continental shelf reefs; not usually found around oceanic islands.

Maximum length: 17 cm (7 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 209 L (55 gal)

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

[edit] Feeding

Offer frozen preparations that contain Spirulina algae, as well as mysid shrimp and/or finely shaved fresh or frozen shrimp. Feed at least three times a day, unless in an aquarium that has healthy microalgae growth. It will browse on filamentous algae and diatoms growing on the aquarium decor.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

By keeping it in an aquarium with lots of hiding places in a quiet area of your home (where there is not a lot of activity around the aquarium) and with nonaggressive tankmates, you will increase your chances of success with this species. A good crop of macroalgae (like Caulerpa) or microalgae may also facilitate acclimation. This species poses a moderate risk to large-polyped stony corals. It may also eat some soft coral polyps and nip at zoanthids and feather duster worms.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Singapore AngelfishRDF feed
Common name Singapore Angelfish  +, Vermiculated Angelfish  +, Emperor Butterflyfish  +, and Red Sea Butterflyfish  +
Family Pomacanthidae  +
Genus Chaetodontoplus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 7 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 55 gal  +
Native range Japan  +, Indonesia  +, Sri Lanka  +, Papua New Guinea  +, and Mentawai Islands  +
Reference A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes  +
Specific name mesoleucus  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +