Swallowtail Zebra Angel Female (Genicanthus melanospilus)
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Max Size: 9 inches
Reef Compatible: With Caution. May eat fish and crustaceans.
Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons
Among the limited number of fish that exhibit sexual dimorphism, the Japanese Swallowtail Angel (Genicanthus melanospilos) stands out. Male individuals showcase a silver/white body adorned with black vertical stripes extending from their body to their head, accompanied by yellow and blue markings on their forked tail. On the other hand, females possess a snow-white body with a vibrant yellow splash on their back and a black stripe on both the top and bottom of their tail. Due to their relatively peaceful nature compared to many other Angelfish, they can be kept as a mated pair or in a small group of females. It is important to avoid housing two males together, as it can result in intense aggression.
What sets these Angelfish apart is their reef-safe behavior. They do not engage in the nipping of soft and stony corals or sessile invertebrates, making them an excellent choice for reef tank enthusiasts. Their diet should consist of a diverse range of food, including spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis shrimp, and brine shrimp. Feeding them three times a day is recommended.