What are French Angelfish? The french angelfish (Pomacanthus paru), also known as the large-spot angelfish, has a blue body in the front and yellow/orange on its back. It is 14 inches maximum length and can live up to 15 years with proper care.
Where do French Anglefish Come From?
French angel fish come from tropical regions of the West Atlantic Ocean, including Bermuda and Hispaniola all the way to Brazil. They typically prefer reefs around islands or atolls with sand pits, ledges, drop offs or isolated coral heads for shelter. They will sometimes swim freely throughout lagoons or sheltered bays depending on their geographical location. Rarely will you find them in open water, which makes tank raised fish the only option for aquariums.
How big will a typical French Anglefish get?
The french angel fish can grow up to 14 inches long and live up to 15 years with proper care. This angelfish is a large growing species that requires at least a 55 gallon marine tank with plenty of rocks or coral rubble for hiding places. These fish are semi-aggressive towards other angelfish so it is best to keep only one per tank unless you are willing to risk aggression issues. They often do better in tanks without any other damsels or angels but if they feel threatened they may also act out aggressively towards their human caretaker until they trust him/her again (which could be a while).
What colors and markings do French Angles have?
The french angel has blue coloring on its front half, from the top of the head to just before the tail, and orange/yellow coloring on its back half from just behind the eyes all the way down to its tail (most will also have blue around their tails as well). They are very distinguishable from other angelfish by their large spots that extend all over their dorsal fins which look like polka dots. These spots can range in color though such as black, dark green or even yellow depending on where they are located. Their stripes may also change it’s intensity based on how excited or stressed out they get so you must take note of body, stripe and fin positioning when trying to determine how they are feeling.
French Angle Fish Tankmates
It is best to only keep one angel per tank so you should have a tank that is 55 gallons or larger to sustain this species. They will not usually bother other angelfish but if they feel threatened they may attack others of the same species until he/she gains their trust again, which can take awhile depending on the situation and how stressed out your fish got during an event like that. If you do decide to add more than one french angelfish make sure it’s in a large enough tank with plenty of hiding places for each fish; even though they will most likely try to claim the same hiding spot for themselves all together (so it’s best to have more than one). If you are unsure about compatibility with other fish that you would like to add, ask your local aquarium store for help.
French Angelfish Care
The french angel is a very hardy fish once proper care is given and they can live up to 15 years if cared for properly (which includes a tank that is 55 gallons or larger, at least). They will require plenty of hiding places in the form of rocks or coral rubble; this provides security as well as territoriality which prevents stress on this species. They will become less active in tanks without enough rock work because they feel vulnerable and will hide quite often throughout the day/night time hours.
How long do French Angles Live?
The french angel can live up to 15 years with proper care (which includes a tank that is 55 gallons or larger, at least). Their life span also increases if they are kept in warm waters while young. They are very hardy fish once you get them home and into the right environment so it is important to make sure you take these things into consideration before purchasing one for your aquarium.
French Angle Fish Diet and Feeding
As with most angelfish species, the french angel thrives on marine algae and certain types of invertebrates such as sponges, tunicates, zoanthids etc… which will require aqua-scaping their new homes based their diet needs. Since this species is semi-aggressive you should feed algae or invertebrates that are hardy and able to handle a french angel’s aggression.
French Angelfish Gender Differences
The easiest way to tell the difference between male and female french angelfish is by looking at their anal fins (the small one located just before their tails). The males will have a more pointed anal fin while females will usually have a rounded shape similar to other fish species; this may be true for some but not all individuals so it’s always best to go from appearance first until settling on odds are you’ve got it right or wrong. You must also take note of body, stripe and fin positioning when trying to determine if your fish male or female because these factors can affect your judgement as well.
French Angelfish Breeding
Birds of a feather flock together and usually this is the case with french angelfish that are ready to be bred. This species has been known to “share” hiding places when in groups but since they are usually kept singly it can take awhile for them to learn how to appreciate each other’s company if you plan on breeding them, which I do recommend while keeping this species alone so they don’t get too stressed out during their reproduction process. If you plan on purchasing more than one french angel keep in mind that they will most likely try to claim the same hiding spot for themselves all together; so make sure you have enough rock work where each fish can hide in their own space.
French Angle Fish Aquarium Setup
The french angel is a beautiful and interesting species of fish to keep in the home aquarium but they do require certain equipment; such as a canister or power filter for water purification, large quantities of rock work with plenty of caves and crevices where they can feel secure when threatened, and somewhere around 55 gallons to make sure they’re comfortable throughout their lives. They have been known to be picky eaters especially if under stress or not given enough hiding spaces; this makes it even more important that you provide them with everything that is needed to ensure long-term success during your time keeping them. Never overcrowd an entire tank like this because it will most likely cause the death of one or more fish due to stress, which will result in the loss of your entire group.
French Angle Fish Disease Prevention
Since this species is very hardy as long as you take proper care and precautions to protect them from disease; it’s important to make sure that they are given plenty of space throughout their lives. As always, a well maintained aquarium with regular water changes through clean filtration systems is key for longevity with any pet fish; regardless if they’re saltwater or freshwater. It also never hurts to add supplements to your tank such as iodine, calcium and other trace minerals that help promote healthy gills and fins among many other benefits which can be purchased at your local pet store. I hope that this care guide for french angelfish was helpful in answering your questions about how to care for these beautiful fish, whether you’re keeping them with other types of saltwater or freshwater fish.
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