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Watanabei Angelfish

Greek Name: Genicanthus watanabei

$449.99

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The Watanabe’s Anglefish is also called the Watanabe’s Lyretail Angelfish, is one of the rare angelfish that exhibit sexual dimorphism. Males are iridescent pale blue. The lower part of the body and the anal fins of males are highlighted with dark horizontal stripes as well as a horizontal stripe of orange that extends towards the caudal fin. Females are an iridescent pale blue with an elongated dorsal fin that is dark and doesn’t have stripes, other than an outline of the anal and dorsal fins.

Watanabe’s Angelfish are best kept as a male and female pair in a larger 125-gallon tank. They’re also excellent fish for the reef in deep water aquarium. 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. Don’t keep two males in the same tank fights could ensue.

Watanabe’s Angelfish are hermaphrodites and are very difficult to reproduce. The Watanabe’s Angelfish appear to be extremely vulnerable to swim bladder damage. A diverse diet that includes fleshy foods like brine shrimp that are vitamin-enriched and finely chopped crustacean flesh and spirulina marine algae, premium angelfish-based preparations, mysis, frozen shrimp, as well as other meaty foods will give adequate nutrition.

Genral Purchase size: Small 1 1/4″ to 2-1/2″ Small/Medium: 2-1/2″ to 3″ Medium 3″ to 4″; Medium/Large: 4-1/4″ to 5-1/4″ Large 5-1/4″ to 6″

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Care Level

Moderate

Temperament

Peaceful

Color Form

Blue, Clear, Orange, White

Diet

Omnivore

Reef Compatible

Yes

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

6"

Origin

Indonesia, Melanesia, Philippines, Tonga

Family

Pomacanthidae

Minimum Tank

125 gallons

Description

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.

Additional information

Size

Large, Medium, Small

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