Watanabei Angelfish

The Watanabe's Angelfish, also known as Watanabe's Lyretail Angelfish, is one of the few angelfish displaying sexual dimorphism. 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. Do not keep two males in the same tank as fighting will ensue.

The Watanabe's Angelfish are hermaphroditic and difficult to breed. Watanabe's Angelfish seem very susceptible to swim bladder damage. A varied diet of meaty foods such as vitamin-enriched brine shrimp and finely-chopped crustacean flesh, spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items will provide good nutrition.

Minimum Tank Size: 473 Litres
Care Level: Difficult
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 6"
Colour Form: Blue, Clear, Orange, White
Diet: Omnivore
Family: Pomacanthidae
Origin: Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Vanuatu

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

  1. Wow! The large Watanabei from Live Aquaria that I just got is HUGE!! A very beautiful, healthy and hardy specimen. A great eater too. Its color is absolutely striking and it’s reef safe. I highly recommend this fish for any large mixed reef. I must also mention that the service I’ve gotten from customer service all the way to the coral farm has been fantastic. Drs. Foster and Smith really cares for their livestock. My personal experience is that they care about making their customers very happy as well. I’ve had all my questions and concerns addressed by professional, courteous, patient and very knowledgeable staff. Thank you all for making this a smooth transaction.

  2. I have a pair of these and they eat everything, very hardy too. Male sometimes gets a little white spot from time to time, but nothing that has ever caused any trouble. Lovely fish, really make my display something worth looking at. any questions ask away.

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