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Arabian Angelfish /Crescent Angelfish/Pomacanthus asfur

Below is the adult coloration of this fish . The juvenile is blue with light-blue and white stripes, it looks similar to the Koran angelfish except the Arabian has 3 bars that are predominantly white. Older juveniles have yellow markings on the dorsal and a yellow caudal fin that make them distinguishable from the Koran angelfish. This fish is unusually beautiful both as a juvenile and as an adult.

Maintenance difficulty:
This fish is difficult to keep as it feeds on sponges in the wild.

It is important that you feed angelfish all kinds of live, frozen, and prepared formula foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. A good formula that can be made at home consists of mussels, shrimp, squid, and spinach. Should be fed an angelfish formula that contains sponge.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:
Found mainly on protected shoreline reefs with rich growth of hard and soft corals in waters from 3-15 meters deep. It can be found in the Western Indian Ocean from the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, south to Zanzibar.

Natural Foods:
Eats mainly sponges with small amounts of algae, tunicates, hydroids, and bryozoans. A wide variety of sponges is eaten.

Social Behaviors:
Found singly or in pairs. Generally peaceful in the aquarium but can be aggressive towards other Arabian angelfish and other large angelfish species.

Sexual differences:

Light: Recommended light levels:
No special requirements.

Not accomplished in captivity. See Breeding Marine Fish page for a description of how they reproduce in the wild.

No special requirements. Normal temperatures for marine fish lies between 75 and 79 degrees.

Length/Diameter of fish:
Adults can grow to 40 cm (16 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:
A minimum 80 gallon aquarium is recommended. This is a somewhat shy species, so provide plenty of rockwork for hiding places.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
No special requirements.

This fish is rarely available and is expensive.


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