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Species Name : Apolemichthys Trimaculatus
Care Level : Difficult
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Black, Blue, Yellow
Diet : Omnivore
Reef Compatible : No
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 10"
Origin : Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives
Family : Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size : 125 gallons
The Threespot Angelfish (Apolemichthys Trimaculatus) is also known as the Three-spot Angelfish and the Flagfin Angelfish.
Threespot Angelfish have a yellow body and blue lips. There is a black spot on the forehead and another faint one behind the gill cover. The anal fin has a wide black margin. Juvenile Threespot Angelfish are similar to adults, but lack the spots around the head. They have a narrow black band through eye and a series of golden bars on the side.This species attains a maximum total length of 26 centimetres (10 in).
Provide plenty of other hiding places in a 125 gallon tank or larger as the Flagfin Angelfish is quite shy early on and should be the only angel in the tank. Not a good reef dweller, the Flagfin Angelfish is prone to nip at sessile invertebrates (soft and stony corals) and clam mantles. Younger specimens tend to acclimate better.
They are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that they start off as females and that the dominant fish usually turns into a male. Should a dominant male lose the status of being the dominant male they are capable of changing back into a female.
This is a difficult angelfish to keep due to its dietary requirement of sponges and its poor ability to adapt to other foods. Expert aquarists may have success by providing a mixed fare of sponge-containing frozen angelfish rations, vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, a plethora of plant material, and live rock for grazing and hiding. If there are insufficient algae on the rocks, it is important to feed more frequently and supplement with algae rich food e.g. Spirulina.
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