Juvenile Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) are grey and yellow with several blue and white bars on the body. The adult Queen Angelfish has a vivid blue or blue-green body with yellow rimmed scales. The pectoral fins, ventral fins, and tail are entirely yellow. The head has a dark blue spot with a bright blue edge.
The larger angelfish available in the aquarium trade include those from the genera Apolemichthys, Chaetodontoplus, Holacanthus, Pomacanthus, and Pygoplites. Of these, Apolemichthys and Chaetodontoplus are generally the smallest and are sometimes considered "pygmy angels" compared to the much larger Holacanthus and Pomacanthus angels. The Regal Angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus is the only fish in the Pygoplites genus.
Juveniles and adults among these angels usually have very different appearances and, in the wild, usually live in harems with dominant males controlling a group of females.The color change in angels can be triggered by size, age or a change in social structure. Angels should not be kept with other large angels in the home aquarium to avoid territorial conflicts. Occasionally, two angels may tolerate one another in a very large aquarium if they have very different coloration and appearance, but is not typically recommended.
Suitable tankmates for most large marine angels would be larger community fish like tangs, triggers, groupers, some damsels, butterflies and similar fish. More shy and passive angels can be kept with smaller, more docile tankmates. Be sure to take the adult size of the angelfish into consideration when choosing an angel for an aquarium as many can grow very large (albeit slowly) and need tankmates and an environment that can accommodate them. All angels have cheekspines at the edge of their gill cover and in the dorsal fin. Use caution when handling and avoid using a net that they may become stuck or tangled in.
The diet of large angels generally consists of meaty foods, algae, and marine sponge. Many frozen angel formulas and flakes may have extra sponge meal, and live sponges can be purchased to supplement their diet. These angels are not reef safe and have been known to nip at or eat some corals, sponges, and clam mantles. Some leather corals and anemones may be safe with larger angelfish but is not generally recommended.
Most of our live items are covered by our 5-day Arrive Alive Guarantee. Restricted Items are not covered by this policy for any reason. View the full Livestock Guarantee Policy and Restricted Species list for full details. Any losses must be reported to us within the 5-day guarantee period and we do require verification for any losses.
Shipping charges are not covered by our livestock guarantee policy and are non-refundable.
Q: When will my Livestock order ship?
Live orders (fish, invertebrates) are shipped FedEx Standard Overnight or FedEx Priority Overnight Monday through Thursday for delivery Tuesday through Friday.
Live plants and live rock orders are shipped via FedEx 2-day express Monday through Wednesday for delivery Wednesday through Friday. Shipping upgrades to overnight shipping are available for an additional fee.
Orders placed before noon (Eastern) are generally shipped the same day. Orders placed after noon are shipped the next shipping day.
PayPal Orders Only: We cannot hold or modify orders placed with PayPal. PayPal's policies do not allow us to hold orders for more than three days after they are placed. Depending on when the order was placed, this may mean that the payment authorization is expired before the order is scheduled to be shipped. In this instance, a livestock department representative will contact you regarding the options for your order.
Q: How much does it cost to have live plants and animals shipped to me?
Packages are shipped free via FedEx 2-day Express. You may upgrade the shipping method to Standard Overnight or Priority overnight for an additional charge.
Please contact a livestock representative for upgraded shipping quotes at 1-877-367-4377.
*Standard Overnight where available only, priority rate may apply. Shipping charges are not covered by our livestock guarantee policy and are non-refundable.
Q: How do you ship live plants and animals?
Livestock orders are packed and shipped in a separate facility from dry goods and cannot be shipped with dry goods.
We make every effort to make transit comfortable and safe for livestock. We review the temperature and destination for every order, and pack the livestock accordingly. Fish and invertebrates are triple-bagged and packed with heat packs or ice packs (as needed) in insulated styrofoam containers and cardboard shipping boxes. Plants are carefully wrapped in wet paper and plastic then shipped in standard FedEx shipping boxes (with heat packs or ice packs as needed).
*Heat packs are usually taped to the lid or side of the box. These packets should be discarded after delivery; do not add these packets or their contents to your aquarium.
We always attach a copy of your invoice/packing list and our Guarantee Policy inside the box.
Q: Where does That Fish Place - That Pet Place ship Livestock?
Livestock shipping is available only within the contiguous 48 states (except California)
. We cannot ship livestock internationally (including Puerto Rico) or to Alaska, Hawaii or California.
We are unable to ship livestock to APO or PO addresses.
Q: Can I specify size, color or sex?
Sizes of livestock items offered can vary by supplier, collection area, and time of year. We do not assign specific measurements to live items, but rather general sizes (small, medium, large, XL). If the actual size of a fish or invertebrate you are considering is a concern, please speak directly to a livestock representative to discuss the items you're considering. We do not sell any fish by sex other than those specifically listed as "male" or "female". We cannot guarantee that the fish can be successfully sexed or that the ratio of male/female you request will be available.
Please be aware that coloration within species may be quite variable. The specimen you recieve may not look exactly like the representative photo on the site do to these natural variations in color or markings. If you have a request for a specific color in any of our assorted items, you contact the Livestock Mailorder department at 877-367-4377 or email@example.com. We try to fill special requests when possible, but cannot guarantee the preference.