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Rogergolf66 01-28-2007 12:28 PM

Emeporor Anglefish
I am wanting to put a juv. in my 90 gal Fish only tank. Any info you can give me would be great I know it eats corals and likes to eat sponges. that will not be a problem I can buy sponges at my lfs every so often.

But anything that I need to know I might not know already?


usmc121581 01-28-2007 12:31 PM

Yes it is a sponge eater but that isnt its only diet. It just states that so if you had sponges you wouldn't get mad if it eats them. I love those angels just I would not like it going rampent in my SPS setup. Please post pics when you do get him. I love seeing them all the time.

Melissa 01-28-2007 12:33 PM

Just take the best care of it you can. I have yet to see one that can survive for long to aquarium life. They are so sensitive and usually die within a few weeks.

usmc121581 01-28-2007 12:36 PM

What we do with are customers is when they first arrive is get them to eat first before they are sold, then before you by it ask them to feed him. You probably know this already. Any good LFS store should do this anyway to avoid pissing off customers.

Rogergolf66 01-28-2007 07:28 PM

I didn't know this thanks for the tip. Anything else you can tell me it would be great.


Ramirezi160 01-29-2007 01:49 PM

Really good, stable water will definitely help along with a lot of variation in their diet and a relatively stress-free environment. All of the Imperators that have come through work seem to have done just fine and usually have no trouble eating after a few days. The only suggestion I have is that sometime down the road you invest in a bigger tank. Emperors can get 15+ inches and need a good amount of room to move about. I have a friend that's had a juvenile for about a year now and it's starting to move into it's adult phase. Really cool fish.

Rogergolf66 01-29-2007 02:24 PM

Thanks for the info


Rogergolf66 01-29-2007 02:31 PM

What do you recommend for a balanced diet?

Ramirezi160 02-04-2007 10:21 PM

Angels are omnivorous, so both meaty foods and vegetable matter in the diet is ideal. They'll probably pick at some algae in your tank or any algae strips you put in for your tangs. They'll readily take Formula 1 and 2 frozen foods, brine and mysis shrimp, and probably some pellet foods. There's also a frozen food specifically made for angelfish. Has sponges in it and is supposed to simulate their natural diet. Scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, anything like that would be good as well.

Ramirezi160 02-06-2007 07:30 PM

Oh, and there's also a product called Selcon that you can mix in with their food if you can't give them that varied a diet. It's designed for reef invertibrates, but I use it with my freshwater fish and it makes their color explode. It has fatty acids and vitamins B and C in it, which fish don't usually get on a limited diet. You could also use something like Vita-Chem or Garlic Guard.

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