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Black Angel - Juvenile
Pomacanthus arcuatus
Black Angel - Juvenile
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Size: 2-3 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: Juvenile Stage Only
Diet: Flake, Greens, Sponge based, Pellet
Origin: Caribbean, Western Atlantic
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: No
Invertebrate Safe: May eat worms and small invertebrates
Minimum Tank Size: 100 + gallons
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The Black Angel is commonly referred to as the Grey Angelfish, Grey-Black Angelfish. Juvenile Black Angel fish needs to be taken care by an experienced aquarist only. It is very attractive species that makes a gorgeous addition to any reef tank. The Black Angel should be kept in tank not less 90 gallon, it should be provided with more swimming space and extensive rock work. With whitish smoky grey colored chin area, the Black Angel makes a beautiful fish in the tank that captivates any onlooker. As an adult it is peaceful towards other tank mates but make sure not to keep it in overly crowded tank as this will provoke the Grey Angel into being more intolerant and territorial. The juveniles are semi-aggressive and since it bothers sessile invertebrates, it is not that considered safe for reef tanks. The Black Angel requires areas to take refuge and to feel safe that is why it is necessary to add plenty of live rocks and caves. It is an omnivore and likes to feed on marine algae, mysid shrimp, Spirulina, Sponges and other fresh or frozen seafoods. It is recommended to feed them ?Angel Formula? that contains a very high sponge percentage mixed in the food, since its diet consists heavily of sponge material. The Black Angel should be fed 2-3 times daily for its continued good health. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. Since the adult Black Angel is peaceful, it makes a very good choice for a fish only tank.
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The juvenile Black Angelfish is a jet-black fish with light yellow vertical bands on its body. As the fish matures these bands fade. The Black Angel is a very hardy Angelfish and is found around shallow reefs and reef rubble in the Atlantic. These fish do well in aquariums and prefer lots of rockwork and swimming room to feel comfortable. The Black Angel should be kept in a tank of 100 gallons or larger (250 or larger for adult), so it'll have ample room to roam. They will spend most of their day grazing algae that grows on live rock. They should not be kept with other Angels and only one should be kept per tank.The Angelfish family is a group of colorful and elegant fish that are adored by both the serious and casual observer. These fish are mainly available to the hobbyist under the Genus Pomacanthus and Centropyge. Pomacanthus Angels are the larger more robust species. The Centropyge Genus are made up of smaller fish that feed primarily on algae from the reef surface. The adult Pomacanthus Angels usually have long dorsal and anal fins and a rounded face. The Pomacanthus Angels will change color quite dramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. The Centropyge Angels are found predominantly in the Indo-Pacific while only a couple of species, like the Pygmy and Flameback Angels, are found in the Atlantic and Caribbean. At the same time, the Pomacanthus Angels dominate the Atlantic and Caribbean while in the Indo-Pacific they are less prominent. The Centropyge Angels do not change color dramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. These smaller Angels are often seen milling around reefs which they use for both shelter and as a food source. Angelfish are differentiated from Butterflyfish by the small spine that extends from the bottom of their rear gill cover.This angel will grow to just over 14 inches in length.
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