Red Striped Angelfish


Red Striped Angelfish or Blacktail Angelfish

  • Red Striped Angelfish
  • Centropyge eibli
  • Care: Easy – Intermediate
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Generally Alone, occasionally in pairs
  • Place of origin: Eastern Indian Ocean
  • Coral Safe: Generally Yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally Yes

Red Striped Angelfish, Centropyge eibli, also go by the name Blacktail Angelfish. These are elegant dwarf angels that make great additions to marine tanks. As the names may suggest, the rear half of this Angel is black, while the rest of their body is pale with a series of thin red stripes.

These Angelfish belong to the Pomacanthidae family. A group famous for their vivid colours. The name is Greek for, “cover” (poma) and “thorn” (akantha), which refers to the pair of strong spines on the gill cover.

Red Striped Angelfish, Centropyge eibli, ecology.

These fish occur in the Eastern Indian Ocean, around: Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Australia. They live in areas where coral is abundant, or in rocky areas. Here they mostly graze on algae.

Red Striped Angelfish are also protogynous hermaphrodites. Meaning they start life as female and turn male when as they get older. These fish form harems, group size of 3-7 individuals.

Blacktail Angelfish In the Aquarium.

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

Red Striped 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.

Red Striped Angelfish will eat masstick and 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.

Dwarf Angelfish can live in a mixed group or alone. It may also be possible for them to be in pairs. This depends on a few variables. Feel free to give us a call with any questions on this matter.


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