Bellus Angel (Genicanthus bellus)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific and Western Pacific
Depth: 82 to 328 ft. Size: 7 in. Jumps: Yes Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Algae, zooplankton, copepods, tunicates, bristleworm larvae, sponges
Natural History: The Bellus Angelfish is found individually or in small groups on reef walls and slopes, often over 100 foot depth. It will swim from the wall to feed but retreats to the refuge of the coral on the wall when threatened. This species is capable of sex change after relatively short periods of time in female-only groups. Females are bluish-white while males are grayish in overall color.
Husbandry: It prefers dim light and strong water flow in an aquarium, a reflection of its deep habitat on the reef. Live food may be required for acclimation. It is not common anywhere it is found and is seldom seen in the aquarium trade.
AKA: Ornate Angelfish
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