A New Arrival on Animal-World: The Vermiculated Angelfish

June 12, 2013 by  
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“I am a Beauty!”

The Vermiculated Angelfish looks strikingly similar to the Butteflyfish!

The Vermiculated Angelfish Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus is a beautiful fish! Its appearance is quite similar to the Butterflyfish. In fact at first glance many people mistake it for a Butterflyfish! It is a smaller fish, reaching about 7 inches (18 cm) in length. It is amazing to look at with extremely blue lips and yellow face. They also have a vertical line on their eyes. Their bodies are two colors; white behind the head which fades into black. This pattern has tiny sprinkles of yellow all through it. The bi-colored body starts out in triangular white patch behind the head fading into a larger black area, accented with a yellow speckled patterning throughout. It kind of appears like there are wavy lines along the body, which is where the “vermiculated” part of their name comes from. Other names this fish is commonly called are the Singapore Angelfish, the Vermiculate Angelfish, and the Red Sea Butterflyfish.

If you are looking for an angelfish of this genus, you won’t have far to look! Being the most common fish available in this genus, you can find it or order it at most saltwater fish stores. There are actually 2 different species that were both thought to be the same species, just with different color tails. The Vermiculated Angelfish was thought to be the yellowtail variation and the other was the graytail variation. In 2009 the graytail variation officially became its own species called Chaetodontoplus poliourus (It has no common name, yet). The Vermiculated Angelfish has also been noted to look like the Indian Yellowtail Angelfish Apolemichthys xanthurus. The main difference between the two is that the Yellowtail Angelfish is smaller (only reaches about 6 inches) and has larger scales on its lateral line.

The Vermiculated Angelfish is a moderately difficult fish to care for. They do make great fish if they adapt to their new environment. Unfortunately, only about 50% of these fish survive in captivity. If they are too stressed out, they will often quit eating and starve themselves to death. A good plan is to keep the aquarium in a quiet room with few visitors to help reduce their stress levels… Read More

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A New Fish on Animal-World: The Blue-girdled Angelfish

May 11, 2013 by  
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“I have a striking and unique coloring, which is different than other angelfish in my genus!”

This Blue-girdled Angelfish is probably the shyest of angelfish, but one of the most


The Blue-girdled Angelfish Pomacanthus navarchus is a stunning specimen. The most unique saltwater angelfish species belong to the Pomacanthus genus. Another name for this species is the Majestic Angelfish, and it is just as exotic as the rest of the species in this genus! When full-grown, these angelfish have quite the color pattern! Their faces and bodies are bright orange and yellow, covered with very deep blues. They have a girdled appearance which includes neon blue outlines, hence where their name came from. They are also called Navarchus Angelfish, a name derived from their scientific description.

When young, the Blue-girdled Angelfish has coloring more common to other species in the Pomacanthus genus. They have black bodies with blue vertical curved stripes. But this is only for a very short time period. When they reach about 2.5 inches they are already beginning to change to their adult colors. In general, these angelfish grow much more slowly than typical and in captivity rarely reach 10 inches. They should still be provided with a fairly large aquarium, however. They will breed with another angelfish, the Blue-faced Angelfish Pomacanthus xanthometopon, in the wild. This cross breeding will result in larger fish which can grow up to almost 15 inches in length.

Many species belong to the Pomacanthidae family, but this particular angelfish appears to be the most timid of them all. The Blue-girdled Angelfish does best if provided with several hiding places (such as caves) which it can get to quickly. This helps it acclimate and become used to its surroundings with minimal stress. They are sometimes so shy they won’t even come out to eat when first added to a new aquarium. Other species do not seem to have this extreme shyness problem, so they are unique in this aspect as well. If you are considering buying one of these fish, you would probably do best to buy a young one, because the younger they are the better able they’ll be to adapt to new surroundings… Read More

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The Coral Beauty Angelfish: A Great Beginner Saltwater Fish

December 7, 2012 by  
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“Now here’s a tough little angelfish for a beginner aquarium. This small beauty is one of the all time favorites!”

The Coral Beauty Angelfish is genuinely “beautiful”… with many marine aquarists

favoring it!

The Coral Beauty AngelfishCentropyge bispinosa is one of a few dwarf angelfish species and is one of the more popular ones. These fish do not grow overly large, with a full grown length of 4 inches (10 cm). This gives them the appearance of being just a small version of a large angelfish! Even more importantly, the Coral Beauty has more lenient care requirements than many of the larger angelfish. This makes them ideal for beginners. In addition to being a relatively small marine fish, they are also fairly inexpensive and easy to find. In the pet industry, the Coral Beauty Angelfish is the second most commonly bought dwarf angel. The Flame Angelfish is the most common. Other names the Coral Beauty Angelfish goes by are the Dusky Angelfish and the Twospine Angelfish.

Many different colors and patterns with varied intensities are found in the wild. They are considered to be quite attractive. The most common coloring consists of red or orange with dark blue striping and a purple head and fins. Other somewhat common colors include all blue, orange, white, or yellow. They also sometimes don’t have vertical stripes or a purple head and fins. From the Philippines, imported Coral Beauty Angelfish often have a blue-red combination coloring. A desirable quality in these particular angelfish is that their colors do not fade with age!

Coral Beauty Angelfish are peaceful fish and resistant to disease. They have the same intelligence as larger angelfish. They don’t pick fights with other fish unless kept in small tanks where they feel they have to fight for some territory. In general, they can be kept with fish of the same size and smaller who have similar dispositions. They love lots of hiding places. As long as they are fed enough they will leave most corals alone… Read More

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