Queen Angelfish (Holocanthus ciliaris)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Western Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Ocean
Depth: 7 to 230 ft. Size: 17 in. Jumps: No Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Sponges, filamentous algae
Natural History: The Queen Angelfish is found on inner and outer reefs in close association with sponges. Adults are reported to feed almost entirely on sponges while juveniles commonly feed on filamentous algae. There are dramatically different color variations of this species, from white, black, and orange calico individuals to almost entirely blue specimens.
Husbandry: The Queen Angelfish is reported to be a very hardy species that is quite aggressive as an adult. It is best to house this species in a tank with live rock that provides plenty of hiding places for tankmates. The Queen Angelfish should be added last to a community tank of aggressive tankmates that have already established territories.
Reproduction: This species is haremic, with males defending a territory that includes several females.
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