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King Angelfish/Holacanthus passer

The King angelfish is another example of a fish that looks completely different as an adult (as shown above). The juvenile is more colorful with blue-white stripes on a light orange background (no picture yet).

Maintenance difficulty:
This fish is moderately difficult to keep.

This angelfish survives on sponges so make sure you can get an angel formula with sponge in it. 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.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:
Western Atlantic coral reefs from Brazil to Florida, the Bahamas, and the Gulf or Mexico. Found at depths up to 70 meters (230 ft.)

Natural Foods:
Eats sponges, tunicates, and other benthic invertebrates. These fish act as cleaner fish, eating external parasites, from hammerhead sharks!.

Social Behaviors:
Found singly in pairs, or groups. In the aquarium they become aggressive towards their own species so you should keep only one per aquarium.

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 25 cm (10 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:
A minimum 60 gallon aquarium is recommended.

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

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

This fish is generally rarely available and is expensive.


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