The Coral Beauty Angelfish is a very popular saltwater fish among all hobbyist aquarists, because of its beautiful colors and hardiness. Its colors may vary depending on where it was found in the wild, but common colorations include red, orange, or yellow bodies, with edges, fins, and tails of darker blue or purple shades.Here are links to answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions:
Is a coral beauty reef safe?How big do coral beauties get?What do coral beauties eat?Is a coral beauty hardy?
A good part is that in this species, colors won’t fade with age. This dwarf angelfish only grows up to about 4 inches long, although it still needs a large tank to feel at ease.Scientists call it Centropyge bispinosus, while people have given it other common names, such as Spined Angelfish, Dusky Angelfish or Coral Beauty.Beginner aquarists will be happy to know this fish is very hardy and easy to keep, without having any special requirements, as long as the water is kept clean and their diet is varied enough. They are popular, inexpensive (by saltwater fish standards), and generally available in local fish stores all year long.
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How big do coral beauties get?
Coral beauty angels grow to about 4 inches in length (Michael 2001). Juveniles are often sold at a size of 1-2 inches in length. Despite their small size, they need a tank size of about 70 gallons or more because they need a lot of room to swim.
Coral beauty angelfish care
In the ocean, the Coral Beauty Angelfish is commonly found in shallow reefs that are rich in corals, like the Great Barrier Reef and reef areas in Tahiti, Australia and East of Africa (Tuamoto Island).
The minimum coral beauty tank size for a single fish is probably 40 gallons (on the conservative side) because these fish are perpetual motion machines and need some room to swim. Watch out, though, because of the smaller the tank, the more likely you are to have some aggression.Live rock is important to successfully keep the Coral Beauty Angelfish, to provide adequate opportunities to dash in and out of the rocks to hide. This is a bit anthropomorphic, but in my unscientific opinion, hiding places seem to make the fish feel more secure, secure fish seem less likely to act stressed, and secure, stress-free fish are less likely to have weak immune systems and succumb to infection or parasites, like saltwater ich.
Traditional saltwater aquarium water parameters and just about any high-quality salt mix are sufficient for keeping this great fish.
Check out these other amazing dwarf angelfish species:Bi-color angelfishFlame angelfishorCheck out the 20 most popular saltwater fishKeep learning about the coral beauty angelfish by watching this video here: If you want to continue your journey, check out The Reef Aquarium Series of books: The New Saltwater Aquarium Guide, How to Frag Corals, 107 Tips for the Marine Reef Aquarium and the Reef Journal.
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