MarineDepot.com Education Center - Species Database
The Regal Angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus. Of the many species of marine angelfishes offered to the hobby, some groups are sure winners. Most "dwarf angels (e.g. the genera Centropyge and Genicanthus) readily accept aquarium conditions, eagerly eat all foods.Full size angels should not be mixed with other full size angels, unless it is in a tank of at least 180 gallons. The coloration of the Regal Angel makes this one of the more popular of the Angels. However, the Regal Angel remains one of the hardest Angels to keep in captivity. Specimens from the Red Sea, seem to be a bit hardier than ones from the Pacific, but this is not always the case, as specimens from Vanuatu, Fiji, Tahiti, and other smaller Island Nations seem to fare as well as ones found in the Red Sea. It can also be noticed that the Red Sea variety is richer in coloration, than its Pacific forms in that the coloration has a much brighter yellow and blue pattern. As well as the Red Sea- Indo Pacific variety has a yellow breast, while the Pacific is gray-breasted. It would be highly recommended that if an Aquarist decided to acquire a specimen, that it be housed in a Reef type aquarium or a peaceful community aquarium with plenty of hiding places.
Maximum Size: the Pygoplites diacanthus grows up to 10 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: The Regal Angel prefers a tank of at least 80 gallons with plenty of places to hide & swim.
Diet: The Pygoplites diacanthus is a omnivore and likes to eat marine algae, mysid shrimp, Spirulina, sponges, and other meaty treats.
Level of Care: The Regal Angel is a medium maintenance fish.
Behavior: The Regal Angel may act semi-aggressively toward other fish.
Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
Range: Indo-Pacific, Philippines.
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