Goldflake Angelfish

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Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
Aquarium Hardiness: Moderately Difficult
Minimum Tank Size: 100 gal (379 L)
Size of fish - inches: 9.8 inches (24.99 cm)
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Temperature: 74.0 to 82.0° F (23.3 to 27.8° C)
Range ph: 8.0-8.4
Diet Type: Omnivore

This angelfish species is more of a newcomer in both the scientific community and the aquarium hobby. It was only just described as recently as 1973 and has been a very rare sight in the hobby. Recently it has become more available, but it is quite expensive. Several other descriptive common names it is known by include Gold-spangled Angelfish, Goldspotted Angelfish, and Gold-Speckled Angelfish.

The Apolemichthys genus contains only 9 species, but these are some of the hardiest of the angelfishes. Although the Goldflake Angelfish is not the hardiest of this group, it is fairly durable. It will need to be kept in a large aquarium, a minimum of 100 gallons, and have lots of rockwork creating caves for refuge. There also needs to be a lot of open space for swimming. An established tank with live rock and algae growth can help a new specimen acclimate to captivity. Young adults are the easiest to acclimate as they will usually accept food within a couple of days while the smaller juveniles are more reluctant. Once established it will accept a variety of aquarium foods. Be sure the diet includes plenty of plant matter and prepared foods that contain spirulina, as well as sponge material and meaty foods.

This angelfish can be kept in a community aquarium, and even be mixed with other angelfish if the aquarium is large enough. It is a semi-aggressive so the best tank mates are those that are also semi-aggressive, and of a different size and color. This angelfish is considered one of the safer choices for a reef aquarium as they tend not to pick on sessile invertebrates. But as with many of the large angelfish, an older adult can start to reek havoc on the reef, so do be cautious.