Native to the Indian Ocean, this fish is distinguishable from its cousin from the Indo-Pacific Ocean by the coloration of its chest. This fish has a yellow hue while the other's is blue. This Regal Angelfish is considered by many to be the "good" one of the two because it is a bit easier to keep. Otherwise, the fish are identical. The body has yellow and white stripes separated by blue outlines. The nose and caudal fin is yellow and it has a light blue stripe by the eyes. Juveniles have a blue spot on both their body and rear dorsal fin. These fish are very difficult to maintain as they will not tolerate any perceived abuse, are difficult eaters and can be painfully shy. Despite this, it is a popular, but very rare angelfish.
Size: sm. 2"-3"; med.3 1/2"-5"; lg. 5"-7"
Tank: min. 200 gallon
Food: (Omnivore) Very picky eaters who like to graze on algae in reefs. Try marine algae, Spirulina, sponge, and meaty treats. Offer a variety. They are very reluctant to eat any angelfish preparations. *With nothing to graze on, these fish will starve themselves to death.*
Adaptation: Need an established reef system and peaceful tank-mates. They will not adapt if they even perceived a threat.
Compatibility: Any tank that is peaceful. Will nip at soft and stony coral and clam mantles. Tend to be OK with puffers, tangs, triggers and wrasses.
BEST FOR THE EXPERIENCED HOBBYIST OR EXPERT ONLY