Flagfin Angelfish

The Flagfin Angelfish, also referred to as the Threespot Angelfish, is a brilliant yellow with blue lips, a dark blue-black dorsal spot where the head joins the body, and a light tan spot behind the eye.

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.

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.

Minimum Tank Size: 473 Litres
Care Level: Difficult
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 10"
Colour Form: Black, Blue, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
Family: Pomacanthidae
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Maldives, Vanuatu

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. I bought one that had been returned to a LFS. He was thin when I got him, but once home he started eating well fairly quickly. I fed everything from LFS frozen foods to homemade blender mush, nori and other seaweeds, pellets soaked in vitamins and frozen ‘angel formula’ frozen foods that contain urchin and sponge. He took all with gusto once he became accustomed to his tank, became nice and fat, and did very well for us for about eight months. One day he died with no sign of illness, injury or stress – it broke my heart, he was a favourite. These are beautiful fish full of personality, but unfortunately my experience isn’t extraordinary. For some reason (I’m guessing it’s diet related), many flagfins seem to expire with no outward sign of disease.

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