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Saltwater Angelfish Facts

Angelfish Facts and Information - Saltwater Angelfishes belong with the fish family Pomacanthidae. Being typical Perciform fishes, they are characterized by their vivid and intense chromatic coloring, large pectoral fins, and a long flailing dorsal fin.

The majority of marine Angelfish species are discus shaped and found on shallow warm-water coral reefs. Even though they can grow up to 25 cm in length, small freshwater Angelfish species are often kept in home aquariums by fish tank hobbyists.

Despite the fact that Angelfishes are hardy and bold in their natural habitat, they can be difficult to feed and breed in captivity.

If you are snorkeling or diving around the shallow coral reefs in the Indian or western Pacific Ocean you will be unlucky not to see these amazing marine creatures. Even though they also inhabit certain areas of the tropical Atlantic, don't confuse saltwater Angelfish with a very different freshwater Angelfish species.

Saltwater Angelfish Diet and Behavior

Most species of Angelfishes are showy diurnal reef creatures perhaps most closely resembling butterfly fishes - which are distantly related. Large specimens are seemingly fearless during the day time as they meander around the coral heads searching for food and they are not particularly shy of scuba divers either.

Angelfish feeding habits are varied and often defined specifically through genus. However, on the whole most of them feed quite happily on filamentous algae or zooplankton. There are some species which prefer a diet of benthic invertebrates such as tunicates, sponges, and hydroids.

Angelfish Facts: All marine Angelfish species are protogynous hermaphrodites which means that a female becomes a functional male any time that the dominant male is removed or absent from the harem.

Being pelagic spawners, female marine angelfishes release huge numbers of tiny eggs which float and drift in the water column combining with plankton. As you may expect, a relatively high number of eggs fall prey to planktonic feeders as the larvae floats freely with ocean currents until they eventually hatch.

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Pictures of Angelfish: | Blue Ringed Angelfishes | Emperor Angelfish and the Six Banded Angelfish. Not all of these saltwater angelfishes are commonly found in the Gulf of Thailand but our Pattaya fish species section has information about other marine life found in the shallow waters around the coral islands.

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