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Flagfin Angelfish (A)
Apolemichthys trimaculatus
Flagfin Angelfish (A)
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Size: 2-3.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: No
Diet: Greens, Pellet, Flake
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Generally
Invertebrate Safe: May nip at worms and clams
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallon
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With its bright yellow body accented with an alluring purple mouth and prominent black spot on its forehead, the Flagfin Angelfish makes a captivating addition to any reef tank. Due to the presence of spots, it is also commonly called the three-spot angelfish. The Flagfin Angelfish should be housed in an aquarium with plenty of room to swim, and should be kept in a tank not less than 40 gallons. It grows up to 8 inches in the wild but is imported much smaller, and tends to cruise around in the lower portion of the tank, swimming in and out of caves. Since the Flagfin Angelfish may nip at corals and clams when hungry, it is considered reef safe but with caution. It is semi-aggressive in nature and is difficult to keep that is why it is only suggested for an experienced aquarist. The Flagfin Angelfish is considered extremely timid and can easily be stressed, but you can help it to acclimatize by providing sponges until it learns to eat new foods. It can be kept in a community tank and even mixed with other angelfish if the aquarium is large enough. The Flagfin Angelfish requires rockwork creating lots of caves for refuge, a lot of open swimming area, and tank mates that are peaceful. You can introduce live mysis shrimps or live brine shrimp to initiate a feeding response, and the prepared frozen foods with spirulina, foods with sponge material and algae sheets as well. It thrives well in a temperature range of 73-84 degrees Fahrenheit, pH of 8.0-8.4. It is compatible with tangs, large angels, large wrasses, lionfish, groupers and soapfish.
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(A) Alert - This fish cannot be kept with other Angelfish. If you're attempting to purchase two or more Angelfish for the same aquarium it will cause them to fight and most likely one will not survive, so if you're placing an order that has 2 or more Angelfish in it we will have to place the order on hold until we're able to contact you to ensure you're not putting them into the same tank. If you understand they cannot be kept together, but would like to purchase two or more in the same order(separate tanks, group order, etc.) you will need to write in the Special Instructions area at the end of the shopping cart that you understand they cannot be kept together. Tremendous time and effort is put into ensuring the health of these fish and it is very important that you're fully aware two Angelfish should not be kept in the same tank.The Flagfin Angel, a.k.a. Three Spot Angelfish, is a beautiful, bright yellow Angelfish with blue lips, a black spot on its nape, and a gray spot just behind the head. The anal fin of this fish is white with a black border. These fish do fairly well in aquariums and prefer lots of swimming room to feel comfortable. The Flagfin Angel should be kept in a tank of 100 gallons or larger, 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.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.
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