Saturday, July 16, 2011

Life of Bluestriped Angelfish

Life of Sea | Bluestriped Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus septentrionalis) | This beautiful anglefish is also called Bluelined Angelfish. You'll fall in love with this fish due to the different color. Bluestriped Angelfish can be maintained in an aquarium, but it will probably eat reef, so it is not recommended for reef aquariums. Initially shy but these fish will be fun when they're comfortable. In general, Bluestriped Angelfish can be combined with any other member of the angel fish and small fish are not aggressive, but when an adult can be moody and aggressive. The Bluestriped Angelfish is known from off the coast of Vietnam, Taiwan and China and ranges north to southern Japan. This species is found in areas of rocky or coral-covered coastal reefs. 

The Bluestriped Angelfish adult has overall brown to brownish yellow body with blue horizontal lines on their sides. These lines are curving and some may be interrupted. The caudal fin is yellow with a narrow blue edge. The pelvic fins are yellow, the pectoral fins duskier with a black spot encircled by blue at base. The dorsal and anal fins are a blackish blue with several narrower blue lines. The face and head are yellowish brown with a mix of blue stripes and dots. Like other angelfish, the juveniles are very different with adults. They are black overall and have a vertical yellow band behind the eye extending from the forehead to the chest. The blue lines on the sides will increase in number with growth, a yellow rim on the dorsal and anal fins, and a narrow yellow stripe on the snout and lips.

In nature, Bluestriped angelfish feeds on sponges and tunicates. They are omnivores. If you keep then as pet, you need to give them various deit. Juveniles prefer to eat dry flakes, minced meat, frozen sponges and algae, frozen shrimp and granules. You can feed them two or three times a day.

The Bluestriped angelfish lives in its natural habitat singly or in a small group. The juvenile are easy enough to keep in the aquarium. Adults need special care. Adults often refuse any food except some live corals, sponges, and small invertebrates The water quality of the aquarium must be well considered. 

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