Aquarium Livestock Pet Care Guides

Angels for Saltwater Aquariums


Tropical Reefs Worldwide

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Omnivorous; feed once daily; combination of meaty foods, algae (spirulina or dried sheets of marine algae, marine sponges; frozen and flake foods formulated specifically for Angels; frozen krill, clam bits, mysis and other similar foods; may nip at corals, sponges, and clam mantles.


Aggressive and territorial towards similar fish; will not tolerate other Angels


Not safe for reef aquaria as they may be destructive to corals and other invertebrates (except Genicanthus sp., which are generally considered reef safe); Usually community safe, but do not keep more than one large angel to a tank.

Species Overview

Marine angelfish are among the most beautiful of all reef creatures. They have brilliant colors and markings, and are set apart from other fish by distinctive spines on their gill plates called preopercle spines. These fish are found on tropical reefs, although the greatest diversity of this group is found in the shallow reefs of the Indo-Pacific. They feed on a combination of algae, sponges, and other small invertebrates.

Angels tend to be rather aggressive and territorial. More than one large angel should not be kept in the same tank, unless the tank is very large. Two angels may tolerate each other in a very large tank if they have different coloration and body shape, but mixing is typically not recommended.

Despite their delicate appearance, once acclimated to your tank angelfish are incredibly hardy and can be a long-time resident of your aquarium.

We always suggest that you do further research before adding a new pet to your tank. What we have provided for you are guidelines and suggestions. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our fish room at 717-299-5691 ext. 1213 or

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Frozen Aquarium Food
Garlic Guard
Protein Skimmer
Marine Community Food