Watanabei Angel (Genicanthus watanabei)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Indo-Pacific and Western Pacific
Depth: 39 to 266 ft. Size: 6 in. Jumps: No Space: 75+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Algae, zooplankton, copepods, tunicates, bristleworm larvae, sponges
Natural History: The Watanabei Angelfish is found on steep slopes and dropoffs on reefs where strong current is found. It is most commonly observed in small groups at depths of 85 feet or greater. Males have more blue on the body below the dorsal fin and horizontal body stripes from the operculum to the tail.
Husbandry: The Watanabei Angelfish prefers dim light and strong water flow in an aquarium, a reflection of its deep habitat on the reef. It should be housed with peaceful tankmates. Males may harass other small fish and will likely be aggressive toward other Genicanthus male angelfish.
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