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Swallowtail Angelfish - Female (A)
Genicanthus melanospilus
Swallowtail Angelfish - Female (A)
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Size: 2.5-3.5 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Zooplankton feeder, mysid shrimps and vitamin-enriched brine shrimp
Origin: Indo- Pacific
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
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The Swallowtail Angelfish is also recognized by other common names such as Japaneses Swallowtail, Blackspot, Blackspot Lyretail, Zebra Angelfish and Spotbreast. This fish from the Pomacanthidae family can be easily identified by sex as male or female because of their difference in appearance. The female fish is yellow dorsally and light blue ventrally with a highly-flared tail in its appearance. The Swallowtail Angelfish is peaceful in nature and hence can be kept as a mated pair or in schools. They have a maximum size of 7 inches in the wild but are imported at a much smaller size. The swallowtail Angel should be kept in a tank of minimum 55 gallons at a temperature of 72-78 degree Fahrenheit at a maintained pH level between 8.1-8.4. Swallowtail Angelfish is a very good reef compatible candidate as they will never nip at any stony or soft corals. They are omnivorous in diet and feed on krill, squid, raw table shrimp, mussel and clam. It is important to feed these Swallowtail Angelfish with all kinds of frozen, live and prepared formula foods in small amounts several times in a day. They need a moderate level of care and a moderate to dim lighting. Swallow Angelfishes lay eggs and needs expert husbandry. They are available in a color form of red, blue, yellow and white.
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This Angelfish is also know as a Blackspot Angelfish.They have the distinction among angelfish of being sexually dimorphic.It is important to provide them with plenty of swimming room. Like all Genicanthis, they tend to be passive toward most other fishes.(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 Angelfish family is a group of colorful and elegant fish that are adored by boththe serious and casual observer. These fish are mainly available to the hobbyistunder the Genus Pomacanthus and Centropyge. Pomacanthus Angels are the larger morerobust species. The Centropyge Genus are made up of smaller fish that feed primarilyon algae from the reef surface. The adult Pomacanthus Angels usually have longdorsal and anal fins and a rounded face. The Pomacanthus Angels will change colorquite dramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. The Centropyge Angelsare found predominantly in the Indo-Pacific while only a couple of species, like thePygmy and Flameback Angels, are found in the Atlantic and Caribbean. At the sametime, the Pomacanthus Angels dominate the Atlantic and Caribbean while in theIndo-Pacific they are less prominent. The Centropyge Angels do not change colordramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. These smaller Angels areoften seen milling around reefs which they use for both shelter and as a foodsource. Angelfish are differentiated from Butterflyfish by the small spine thatextends from the bottom of their rear gill cover.
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