General information regarding Watanabei Angelfish
The Watanabe’s Angelfish is among the few angelfish that show sexual dimorphism. Males are an extremely iridescent blue. The lower part of the body as well as the anal fins of males are highlighted by lengthy horizontal dark stripes as well as one horizontal stripe of orange that extends toward the caudal fin. Females are Iridescent light blue with an elongated dorsal fin that is dark and has no stripes apart from an outline dark of the dorsal and anal fins. Watanabe’s Angelfish are best kept in a male-female duo within a larger tank. They make excellent candidates for a large reef tank that is deep in the water. It is easier to adjust with a dimly lit tank. The tank should be equipped with multiple areas to hide and live rocks to graze on. Do not place 2 males inside the tank because fighting could occur.
Watanabei Angelfish Food & Nutrition
Watanabe’s Angelfish predominantly feeds on plankton that is found in the wild along with pelagic tunicates that are sucked up from the bottom of the water column. Their mouths and teeth are well-adapted for catching floating food particles instead of taking off coralline or algae.
Origin of Watanabei Angelfish
The wild G. watanabei ranges all over the Pacific and is found from Japan all the way to and including the Philippines, South to New Caledonia and in the Austral islands and Melansia. When it comes to trade they are usually taken and sold from the Philippines and Coral sea, but rarely from Melanesia.