Animal Stories - Emperor Angelfish


Animal-World Information about: Emperor Angelfish

The handsome Emperor Angelfish is the best known of all the saltwater angelfish!  Looking at the attached video of a juvenile in a 180 gallon, then the same fish 3 years later as an adult in 400 gallon tank shows how they reward their owners with great coloring in a properly sized tank!
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Patty&Bill - 2010-05-27
I just bought my first emperor angelfish today. Love it ..One question for whoever reads this, is it a sideways swimmer, cause I'm noticing lots of side swimming in her rather than up straight swimming. Please someone tell me it normal or should I take her back?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-01
    Normal for up to 5 weeks in a new tank....
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eddy - 2010-11-05
Hi I just bought my emperor angel last tuesday, currently she is in my holding tank together with my clown trigger fish which I just bought on the same day but besides the tank is a holding tank for new fish it is a quarantine tank as well where currently in the tank is a nasso tang which is sick with an ick, so I place all the fish together in the tank and put a copper medications for the nasso, I don't see any problem with the clown trigger and the emperor both are eating well with brine shrimp, flake, frozen shrimp and even algae and also the nasso has improved a lot, my concern is how long shall I hold the 3 fish in the tank before I place all of them in the display tank? But the emperor angel is an excellent fish I'm training her to eat from my finger which she tries to get closer every feeding time.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-03-23
    Depending on the temperature, ich will go through its entire life cycle. Higher temperatures speed this up, lower temp will slow it down. I believe about 78 degrees is average. So if there is no sign of ich, or other obvious problems of course, within two weeks, you should be okay.
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sham - 2011-03-13
I bought an emperor adult angelfish, its not eating at all. Plz help .

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  • Anonymous - 2011-03-23
    Keep trying everything you can get your hands on. Especially brine shrimp and bloodworms (preferably live). Also try the frozen foods like angel formula and formula 1 (Ocean Nutrition products). They can go for several days or even weeks before eating especially if they were not fed by the retailer/wholesaler. The difficulty level of the fish is almost entirely based on whether they are easy to feed and what level of effort it takes to get them to eat. He/she should come around in a few days, I sure hope he does!
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primo rosal - 2008-01-27
They say you can't have more than one angel at a time. Well, I do. You must punish the aggressor by separation out side the tank for 15 min., then rearange teritories. The emperor is the best angel in my opinion. primo rosal 01-27-08

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Mike - 2008-01-13
Our Emperor Angelfish is about 2 yrs old, and only shows a bit of possible color changing. He/She is not skiddish at all, and has become the "Emperor" Of the tank (Sorry, couldn't resist). As always make sure that the specimen that you purchase comes from a distributor that is reputable.

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Will Carron - 2007-07-30
This fish is expensive, but it's so cool. You should get one.
It's worth every dollar.

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Joseph Lamb - 2007-05-03
My Emperor Angelfish was bought as a juvenile. It quickly acclimatised to eat all food including good quality marine flake. I kept it for four years but it never changed from its juvenile to adult colours.

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  • mickeyc - 2010-04-24
    Some Emperor's will not change in an aquarium environment, has nothing to do with where you purchased your fish, it's just the nature of this species.
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JASON HUGGINS - 2006-02-04
THE EMPERER ANGEL WAS MY BEST CHOICE IN FISH. VERY EASY TO TAKE CARE OF AND VERY ACTIVE FISH. WAS HIDING FROM OTHER TANK MATES WHEN SHE FIRST ARRIVED BUT AFTER 2-3 DAYS SHE WAS OUT IN FRONT BEING THE CENTER OF ATTENTION. TRULY A GREAT FISH. A LITTLE COSTLY BUT WORTH EVERY DOLLAR. SHE EATS FLAKE FOOD, PELLETS, ALGEA, AND FROZEN BRINE. A MUST OWN FOR ALL SALTWATER FISH LOVERS.

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OS - 2004-09-19
My most beautiful fish! Very expensive, but well worth the money if you can get a specimen that is eating. A very friendly fish.

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