Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)

Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)

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The Queen Angelfish, Holacanthus ciliaris, is also known as the Golden Angelfish and Yellow Angelfish. They come from the Western and Central Atlantic Ocean. Juveniles have a yellow body that gets darker towards the rear of the fish with pale blue vertical stripes. Adults have a bluish yellow body, yellow face, blue highlighted chest and forehead areas, blue lips, yellow pectoral fins, and the tail is completely yellow.

Queen Angelfish are omnivores that require a diet of marine algae, angelfish food, and a variety of small meaty foods. They should be fed multiple times a day. They can reach up to 18″ in length and require an aquarium that is at least 250 gallons or more with plenty of live rock to graze on and hide in. Juveniles tend to be shy, but adults will become more bold and territorial – ideally, adults should be added to a tank last.

They are considered reef safe, but with extreme caution, because they will nip at clam mantles and corals.

Approximate Purchase Size

Juvenile

Small: 1-1/4” to 2”

Medium: 2-1/2” to 3”

Large: 3-1/2” to 4”

Adult

Small: 2” to 2-1/2”

Small-Medium:  2-1/2” to 3-1/2”

Medium: 3-1/2” to 4-1/2”

Medium-Large: 4-1/2” to 5-1/2”

Large: 5-1/2” to 6-1/2”