Regal Angelfish Tank Bred


Regal Angelfish

  • Regal Angelfish
  • Pygoplites diacanthus 
  • Care: Intermediate
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Alone
  • Place of origin: Tank Bred
  • Coral Safe: Generally No
  • Critter Safe: Generally No

Tank Bred Regal Angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus, are the only species in the genus Pygoplites. 

Adult Regal Angelfish have a remarkable appearance. They have warm yellow bodies, featuring alternating blue and white stripes. A Black mask covers their eyes and a large blue spine protrudes from its gill. The caudal, pectoral and ventral fins are bright yellow, while the dorsal and anal fin display vivid blue stripes.

To some extent, young Regals do resemble the adults. Juvenile Regal Angelfish also have a yellow body with evenly spaced stripes. The blue stripes are not as prominent when the fish is young. Juveniles lack stripes on the dorsal and anal fin. Instead, they have a large blue eye spot on the dorsal fin.

Depending on place of origin, regal angelfish can have different coloured chins. Yellow throat regals are from the red sea and Indian Ocean, where as blue throat regal angels live in the Indo Pacific.

Tank Bred Regal Angelfish Ecology.

In the wild, these marine Angels live on coral reefs and in lagoons. In nature, Regal Angelfish graze on macroalgae and sessile invertebrates, such as sponge and tunicates. This makes them unsuitable for marine aquariums with clams and coral, as they can nip at them. However, it may be possible to keep some carefully selected coral species in the same tank as the Tank Bred Regal Angel. We highly recommend consulting a member of staff on the issue.

Pygoplites diacanthus In The Aquarium.

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

Tank Bred Regal 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.

Tank Bred Regal 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 be kept in a mixed group or alone, feel free to give us a call with any questions.


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