Swallowtail Angelfish



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With a highly-flared tail, the Swallowtail Angelfish is also referred to as the Blackspot Angelfish, Blackspot Lyretail Angelfish, and Spotbreast Angelfish. The Swallowtail Angelfish is one of the few angelfish to exhibit dramatic sexual dimorphism. The female pictured above is yellow dorsally, and light blue ventrally. The caudal fin is marine-blue highlighted by a dark, blue-black edging on the top and bottom.

A minimum of a 100 gallon tank or larger with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing will offer an environment in which to thrive. An exception to most angelfish, the Blackspot Angelfish will make a good reef dweller, and will not nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates). It is also more peaceful and may be kept as a mated pair, or in schools.

The diet of the Swallowtail Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, and finely shaved mysis or frozen shrimp.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 7"
Color Form: Blue, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore, Plankton Eater
Origin: Fiji, Indo-Pacific
Family: Pomacanthidae

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Avery July 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

beautiful angelfish. if you’re looking for a non-common angelfish that really stands out in your tank, you should take a look at this one. it does get to a good size so make sure your tank is large enough. eats pretty much anything.

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