Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: The Rusty Angelfish is native to the West-Pacific ranging from Tanabe Bay in southern Japan to the southwestern tip of Taiwan and the Philippines. It similar in appearance to the popular Coral Beauty Angelfish but lacks the rich purple blues to some externt. Named for its predominate rusty or amber coloration with black speckling that reduces towrdes the rear of the fish. The anal fin is dark and both the dorsal and anal fins are rimmed in bright blue. They reach a typical adult length of 4 inches.
Diet Requirements: Their natural diet consists mostly of algae and detritus, which keeps them very active moving around picking at the substrate and the live rock. The aquarium diet of the Rusty Angelfish should include Spirulina, Chlorella, marine sheet algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis shrimp, and other meaty items for variety.
Care Requirements:The Rusty Angelfish requires a minimum 75 gallon aquarium with large amounts of live rock for hiding and grazing. These angelfish are generally not overly aggressive with their tankmates. Like most angelfish, they get along with tankmates best when they are the only type of dwarf angelfish in the aquarium. However it can be housed with other species of dwarfs as long as they are all added at the same time. Be careful to only combine angelfish with very distinct color variations. The Rusty Angelfish is prone to nipping at stony and soft coral polyps and clam mantles. Use caution and monitor them closely in a reef aquarium. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1″ to 1-3/4″; Medium: 1-3/4″ To 2-1/2″; Large: 2-1/2″ to 4-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.