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Blackspot Lyretail Angel - Genicanthus melanospilos - Medium Male

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The male Blackspot Lyretail Angelfish (Genicanthus melanospilos) has numerous thin vertical brown bars on its pale grey body. It also has gold spots on its lyretail and dorsal fin. The female has a light grey face and belly, a yellow back, and light grey tail with black margins.

The smaller angelfish and "pygmy angelfish" available in the aquarium trade include those from the genera Apolemichthys, Centropyge, Chaetodontoplus, Genicanthus, and a few others. Of these, Apolemichthys and Chaetodontoplus are generally the largest. Centropyge is the largest group and some fish have been separated into new species and genera in recent years.

Suitable tankmates for most of these angels would be community fish like tangs, clownfish, damsels, gobies, blennies, butterflies and similar fish. More shy and passive angels can be kept with smaller, more docile tankmates. Angels should not be kept with other 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 typical. 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 angels generally consists of meaty foods and algae. They can be fed a variety of frozen items like formulas, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, scallops and others, as well as pellets, flakes, algae sheets and other foods. Many can be kept successfully in a reef, but use caution with any angels in a reef system, especially with polyps and SPS corals; some have been known to nip at the occasionally polyp, coral or clam mantle but not to the extent of the larger angel species. Genicanthus angelfish are generally planktivores and are not usually a large risk to corals.

Visit That Fish Blog for an Overview on Natural History and Care of Marine Angelfishes as well as a Species Profile on the Pygmy Angelfish and more from our marine biologists and aquatic staff.
Common NameBlackspot Lyretail Angel - Med. Male
Scientific NameGenicanthus melanospilos
Originwestern Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)6
Community SafeYes
pH Range8.0-8.4
Min Tank Size (in gallons)75
Temperature Range75-82

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