Watanabei Angel: Pair - Genicanthus watanabei
Watanabei Angelfish pair
The Watanabei Angel - PAIR (Genicanthus watanabei). ... The Watanabei Angel - PAIR (Genicanthus watanabei). 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.
Very few fish show sexual dimorphism, out of those few the Watanabei Angelfish, Genicanthus watanabei, is one of them. Both males and females have the same pale blue body color with black lining along the upper and lower fins. The difference in the sexes here is that the female has black blotching on the face and black outlines on the tail with no stripes on the body, whereas the male lacks this black blotching on the face and instead displays several horizontal blacks lines on the lower half of the body and no black on the tail. Since they are more peaceful than many other Angelfish, they can be kept as a mated pair, or in a small school of females. Avoid keeping two males in the same tank, as it can lead to extreme aggression.
These Angelfish are also unique in the way that they are reef safe, and will not nip at soft and stony corals, or sessile invertebrates, making them a great choice for an Angelfish in a reef tank setting. Diet should include a variety of spirulina, marine algae, high quality angelfish preparations, mysis and brine shrimp, 3 times daily.
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 75-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.
PURCHASE SIZE 2-3 INCHES
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