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Annularis Angel: Adult


Annularis Angel: Adult
Pomacanthus annularis
Place of origin: 
Western Indian Ocean

Annularis Angelfish (Blue Ring) are incredible species to add to any large marine aquarium. They have a beautiful dark orange colour with a stunning bright white caudal fin. They were once classified as butterfly fish due to their compressed bodies and butterfly characteristics. They are now classified under the same genus as the Emperor angelfish. Like most angelfish, they are protogynous hermaphrodites – can change sex from female to male in a single sex environment.

Caution is advised when adding this species to a reef aquarium. Just like most angelfish, they have an appetite for LPS corals and other sessile invertebrates. Some aquarists have had success in keeping these with SPS corals, but caution is still advised. Ideally, a Fish Only with Live Rock (FOWLR) would be perfect for this angelfish! We feed ours on NutraPellet Algae Boost which provides all the nutrient needed to maintain a large angel like the Annularis.

Keep a look out for this angel when looking for your next flagship fish!

The members of the family Pomacanthidae are generally know as angelfishes and, like their nearest cousins, the butterflyfishes, are regarded by many divers and aquarists as being amongst the most beautiful and majestic fishes in the sea. The majority of species occur on shallow reefs in coral, algae and sponge zones, most going little deeper than about 30m but  where conditions are pristine and water is very clear, many species go much deeper and few species only live deep (over 100m). Angelfishes feature a large and distinctive backward-protruding spine from the lower corner of the gill-plate (cheek spine) from which the family name  was derived. This cheek-spine is diagnostic for all the species , even at juvenile stage, and readily separates any angelfishes from butterflyfishes that may be similar in shape. Mot angelfishes are robust with compressed, ovate to rhomboid shaped bodies, covered with small or tiny scales, and have a continuous dorsal fin. The mouth is small and jaws are set with many small, usually tricuspid teeth that are used for grazing algae or scraping sponges and other sessile invertebrates. Few species combine their diet with a variety of foods and some are planktivores.

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