Africanus Angelfish Sub Adult


7-8 cm

Sub Adult Africanus Angelfish or Guinean Angelfish.

  • Sub Adult Africanus Angelfish
  • Holacanthus africanus
  • Care: Intermediate
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Alone
  • Place of origin: Eastern Atlantic
  • Coral Safe: Generally No
  • Critter Safe: Generally No

Sub Adult Africanus Angelfish, Holacanthus africanus, also go by the name Guinean Angelfish. Like several members of this genus, adults and juveniles do look like each other.

Young Africanus Angels have yellow noses and tails. The rest of their body is a beautiful blue colour with a white stripe down the middle. As the fish gets older, their colour changes from blue to a rich golden yellow.

Large Angels are from the Pomacanthidae family. The name is Greek for, “cover” (poma) and “thorn” (akantha), which refers to the pair of strong spines on the gill cover.

Africanus Angelfish Sub Adult, Holacanthus africanus, Ecology.

Sub Adult Africanus Angelfish live in the Eastern Atlantic. They range from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Senegal and Ghana.

In nature, Africanus Angels graze on macroalgae and sessile invertebrates, such as sponge and tunicates. This makes them risky for marine tanks with coral, as they can nip. However, it may be possible to keep some carefully selected corals in the same tank as the Sub Adult Africanus Angelfish. We ask you consult a member of staff if you want for details.

Guinean Angelfish In the Aquarium.

It is important to have plenty of nooks or crannies where your Sub Adult Africanus Angelfish can explore and feel at home. Keepers may also want to get a jump guard to stop any accidents.

Africanus Angelfish are omnivores and do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept frozen Mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. We enrich all our frozen food with seachem garlic guard and Atvitol vitamins. These are great for keeping fish healthy by providing them with the nutrition otherwise lost in frozen food. In doing so, these additives support their immune system and increase longevity.

Sub Adult Africanus Angelfish will graze on marine algae that can be secured to the side of the tank with clips. Over time they will accept high-quality pellet or flake. We adapt all our Angel Fish to aquarium life before they leave us. We focus on their health, and most are eating a good quality flake food and/or pellet before being offered for sale.

Angelfish can live in a mixed group or alone. Feel free to give us a call with any questions.


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