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West African Angelfish
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West African Angelfish (Holacanthus africanus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Green, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 1' 6"
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 150 gallons
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Overview

The West African Angelfish also known as the African Angelfish or Guinean Angelfish. The juveniles are a beautiful blue color with a yellow tail. When reaching approximately 1-1/2 to 2 inches the juveniles will start to change color. The edge of the fish will turn orange and the blue color will start to disappear turning yellow to olive green.

The West African Angelfish can grow to over a foot in length, so it requires at least a 150-gallon aquarium. It is a hardy fish, but can become aggressive, so it should be kept with other semi-aggressive tank mates. It grazes on live rock and may nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles, so it is not a good candidate for a reef aquarium.

The diet of the West African Angelfish should include vegetable matter such as Spirulina, marine algae, meaty items, and high-quality angelfish preparations which include sponges. Feed at least three times daily.

The Small Juvenile will contain the Juvenile colorations, the Small-Medium will be color shifting to a young adult, while the Medium will be a sub-adult, and the Large will be in Adult coloration.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile Blue: 1" to 2", Changing: Small 1-3/4" to 2-1/4"; Medium 2-1/4" to 3-1/4"; Large 3-1/4" to 4-1/2", Adult: Small/Medium 2-1/4" to 3-1/4"; Medium: 3-1/4" to 4-1/4"; Medium/Large: 4-1/4" to 5-1/4"; Large: 5-1/4" to 6-1/4"

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