Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)

Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)

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  • Family: Pomacanthidae
  • Origin: Caribbean, Florida to Brazil, Western Atlantic
  • Max. Size: 1' 6″
  • Color Form: Blue, Orange, Yellow
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Minimum Tank Size: 250 gallons
  • Care Level: Moderate
  • Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  • Reef Compatible: With Caution
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
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Description

The Queen Angelfish is one of the most striking of all angelfish. Vibrant yellow and electric sapphire-blue highlights give the Queen Angelfish an almost iridescent appearance. It has a dark spot on the forehead surrounded by bright blue. The dorsal and pelvic fins are elongated.

With the potential of reaching an impressive 18 inches, the Queen Angelfish needs a large tank – at a minimum of 250 gallons, with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. Not a good reef dweller, the Queen Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. It can be aggressive, so it must be introduced to the community tank last. A somewhat difficult angelfish to keep, Queen Angelfish often suffer from incorrect water parameters and diet.

The diet should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. The Queen Angelfish should be fed at least three times daily.

The Small Juvenile will contain the Juvenile colorations or may be color shifting to a young adult, while the Medium will be a sub-adult, and the Large will be in Adult coloration.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile Small: 1″ to 1-1/2″; Medium: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Large: 2-1/4″ to 3-1/4″; Adult Small: 3″ to 3-1/2″; Small/Medium: 3-1/2″ to 4″; Medium: 4″ to 4-1/2″; Medium/Large: 4-1/2″ to 5″; Large: 5″ to 6″; X Large: 6″ to 7″

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