French Angelfish

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Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately hardy
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gal (681 L)
Size of fish - inches: 16.2 inches (41.10 cm)
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Temperature: 70.0 to 82.0° F (21.1 to 27.8° C)
Range ph: 8.1-8.4
Diet Type: Omnivore

This angelfish is a commonly available favorite and has some great qualities that make it so. It is a relatively inexpensive, and will readily accept food and adapt to its environment. Once established it will become personable and 'tame' with its keeper. These guys are like the Pac-man of their family. It was found that these angelfish would graze at a much higher rate than other Pomacanthus amgels, specifically three bites per minute. This indicates they would do well to be fed four or five small meals a day, which makes hand feeding these personable fish lots of fun since it's okay to feed them that often.

One of the more hardy angelfish, this is a great choice for both beginners and advanced marine enthusiasts. it is tolerant of a wide range of aquarium conditions and quite disease resistant. The biggest hurdle is providing a large enough tank to care for its physical and psychological development. These fish need at least a 180 gallon (681 liters) aquarium, but ultimately 250 - 300 gallons (950 - 1135 l) is best. There needs to be plenty of live rock for it to forage from, and to hide in while young. Once established it is long lived. A benefit with a young specimen, juveniles at about 3 - 4 inches in length, is that it will perform cleaning services, removing parasites from the bodies and fins of other aquarium tank mates.

This is one of the more peaceful Pomacanthus species. It can be house with most fish except for sedentary species that tend to look like a reef-scape. These angels are constant grazers and cannot be blamed for nipping at a fish that looks like a rock to them. In very large tanks they can even be kept with other Pomacanthus angels if the tank is large enough. In the wild It has been observed that they love to be cleaned, spending up to 10% of their day hanging out with cleaner fish and cleaner shrimp. So a good tankmate to pick up when you buy your French Angelfish would be a Neon Goby Elacatinus oceanops to provide some cleaning services.

Even though the French Angelfish would do well in a coral-rich tank with sessile invertebrates, it is not a 100% reef-safe fish. Certain invertebrates need to be kept out of the tank, but for the most part it is a semi-reef safe fish. It will eat the polyps of both hard and soft corals as well as invertebrates like live shrimps. But it can be kept with several genera of leathers and noxious soft corals, mushroom corals, and an anemone that's well guarded by a resident clownfish.