Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: No
General Description: The Queen Angelfish is one of the most recognizable and beautiful of all large angelfish. Found in the Western Atlantic Ocean. They range from Florida south through the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico to the northern coast of South America. Its range extends as far east as Bermuda and Brazil’s St Paul’s Rocks. Vibrant yellow and blue highlights give the adult Queen Angelfish an almost iridescent appearance. It has a dark spot on the forehead surrounded by bright blue. The dorsal and pelvic fins are elongated and pointed. Juvenile coloration is a yellow in the front of the body turning brownish yellow halfway between the head and the vivid yellow tail, the pectoral fin being a similar bright yellow. They are marked with a number of narrow ligh blue vertical stripes. The dorsal and anal fins have vivid blue edges. Adults have the potential of reaching an impressive 18 inches in length.
Diet Requirements: In the wild they feed on various invertebrates such as sponges, tunicates, jellyfish, and corals, and also on plankton and algae. Analysis of stomach contents has indicated that most of their natural diet comprises sponges. The aquarium diet of the Queen Angelfish should include Spirulina, Chlorella, marine sheet algae, high-quality angelfish preparations with sponge, mysis or enriched frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. Flake or pellet foods can also be offered for variety. Feed small meals three times daily to help reproduce their natural grazing behavior.
Care Requirements: The Queen Angelfish requires a large tank as an adult, a minimum of 200 gallons and 18+ inches width, with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. It can be aggressive, so it must be introduced to the community tank last. Not a good reef dweller, the Queen Angelfish is prone to nipping at stony and soft coral polyps, clams and other sessile invertebrates. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Juvenile Small: 1″ to 1-1/2″; Medium: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Large: 2-1/4″ to 3-1/4″; Adult Small: 3″ to 3-1/2″; Medium: 4″ to 5″; Large: 5″ to 6″; XLarge: 6″ to 7″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.