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Species Name : Genicanthus Watanabei
Care Level : Moderate
Temperament : Peaceful
Color : Blue, Clear, Orange, White
Diet : Omnivore
Reef Compatible : Yes
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 6"
Origin : Indonesia, Melanesia, Philippines, Tonga
Family : Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size : 125 gallons
Genicanthus Watanabei, the Blackedged Angelfish or Watanabe’s Angelfish, is a species of marine ray-finned fish, a marine angelfish belonging to the family Pomacanthidae. It is found in the Pacific Ocean.
The male is an iridescent pale blue. The lower half of the body and anal fin of the male are highlighted by long, horizontal dark stripes and one, horizontal orange stripe extending toward the caudal fin. The female is an iridescent pale blue with a dark dorsal fin and does not have stripes other than a dark outline to the dorsal and anal fins.
Watanabe's Angelfish are best housed as a male-female pair in a 125-gallon or larger tank, and are ideal candidates for the deep-water reef aquarium. Acclimation will be facilitated by a dimly-lit tank. The tank should have multiple hiding places and live rock for grazing.
Watanabe's angelfish can be housed with other peaceful fish in a community aquarium. Unlike many other species of angelfish, Watanabe's Angelfish will tolerate other angels in the aquarium. It should ideally not be housed with active zooplankton feeders since they might compete for food with each other. Do not keep two males in the same tank as fighting will ensue. These Angelfish are also unique in the way that they are reef safe, and will not nip at soft and stony corals, or sessile invertebrates, making them a great choice for an Angelfish in a reef tank setting.
The Watanabei Angelfish is one of the few angelfish to show sexual dimorphism. The Watanabe's Angelfish are hermaphroditic and difficult to breed.
It will also need some green foods in its diet, preferably in the form of fresh and dried marine algae and spirulina. In addition to this, it is a good idea to add a vitamin rich flake or pellet to the diet. This species will also appreciate angelfish preparations. Ideally feed your Watanabe angelfish many small portions of food instead of just one or two big meals per day.
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