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Runt 09-04-2002 10:11 AM

Lamarcks' Angelfish/Genicanthus lamarck
This Lamarck is getting cleaned of parasites by the cleaner wrasse in the photo. The Lamarck is not a spectacular beauty but it is an interesting fish and is hardy for an angelfish. They are somewhat shy so provide them with plenty of caves and hiding places.

Maintenance difficulty:
This fish is fairly easy to keep. About the same as most angels it seems to do well if given enough variety in its diet.

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:
This is something of a rare fish ranging from the Solomon Islands and New Hebrides northward to Japan.

Natural Foods:
Eats plankton in midwaters.

Social Behaviors:
Found in medium to large groups that feed in waters well above the bottom.

Sexual differences:
One of the few angelfish that display sexual dimorphism. The male has a yellow spot on its forehead and longer more pointed caudal fin. The male and female have often been described as different species because of these differences.

Light: Recommended light levels:
No special requirements.

Not accomplished in captivity. See Breeding Marine Fish page for a general description of how angelfish 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 23 cm (9 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:
A minimum 50 gallon aquarium is recommended.

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

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
Likes to hang out in the rockwork until feeding time!

This fish is generally readily available and is inexpensive.


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