Singapore Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Western Pacific
Depth: 3 to 66 ft. Size: 6.5 in. Jumps: No Space: + gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, benthic invertebrates
Natural History: The Singapore Angelfish is found in coral-rich fringe and barrier reefs. It is observed with massive Euphyllia sp. stony corals, on which it occasionally nips. Males are territorial and usually defend one or two females.
Husbandry: The Singapore Angelfish should be housed in an aquarium with numerous hiding places and peaceful tankmates. Live rock with a healthy growth of algae will help to initiate feeding. This species can be housed with other angelfishes, although there is some risk. The only species it tends to bully are other butterflyfishes of similar coloration. Individuals have lived over 10 years in captivity.
Reproduction: Males court close to sunset by 'soaring' over females. Once a female accepts a male, she follows and then rises with him in the water to release eggs, which are fertilized in the water column.
AKA: Vermiculated Angelfish
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