Black Bandit Angelfish
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Black Bandit Angelfish
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Black Bandit Angelfish (Apolemichthys arcuatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Difficult
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, White
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025, 68-77° F
Max. Size 7"
Origin Hawaii
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 180 gallons
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The Black Bandit Angelfish is also known as the Black-banded Angelfish because of the swatch of black that extends horizontally from over the eye to the end of the dorsal fin. It is also known as the Hawaiian Pearlyscale Angelfish due to the shimmering whites to grays making up the majority of body color. The anal fin is dark brown and the tail has a wide dark brown rim tipped inwardly with white.

A single Black Bandit Angelfish will do well in a tank of at least 180 gallons with plenty of hiding places. Once established, the Black Bandit Angelfish may become territorial. With a natural diet of sponges, the Bandit Angelfish is difficult to acclimatize. It has a habit of nipping at soft and hard corals and clam mantles, so it is not a good reef dweller.

It is hermaphroditic, very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and indistinguishable by coloration from male to female.

A varied diet of angelfish preparations, marine algae, live rock for grazing, and vitamin-fortified shrimp should be provided.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 4 1/2"

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