Passer Angelfish. Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Passer Angelfish (Holacanthus passer) Item: CN- . Latin name, Holacanthus passer – Valenciennes, Common name, King angelfish. Family, Pomacanthidae – Holacanthus. Origin, East Pacific, Central/ West. Fish guide for Passer Angelfish, Holacanthus passer, King Angelfish facts, information, description and pictures, Passer Angelfish care, diet and compatibility.

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A viral infection, Lymphocystis, looks like small cauliflower-shaped nodules on the fins and mouth. Adults blue-grey with a vertical white bar on fore-body, blue margins on dorsal and anal fins and a red pxsser, yellow tail and a patch of black containing blue spots on nape.

Juveniles will have the same white band running vertically across the body, but it is longer and slowly shrinks in length as the fish ages.

It is also advantageous to choose fish of different sizes. This spawning event lasts for about 30 minutes. The King Angelfish is a very hardy aquarium inhabitant, but like so many angelfish, it can get quite belligerent.

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Reproduction occurs in late summer. A condition called nutritional blindness, caused by inappropriate levels of meaty foods, can occur in angelfish around 6 to 8 months after taken into captivity.

Males are larger than females and have white pelvic fines,while the females have yellow pelvic fins. We appreciate your assistance in maintaining high quality control standards.

Obtaining a tiny juvenile is not suggested, since it will have a difficult time acclimating to captive life. The rocky-shore fishes of the Gulf of California. King angelfish Holacanthus passer. An adult King Angelfish will need a tank that is at least gallons land gallons or more is suggested if housing it with other fish. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.


Social Behaviors King Angelfish are very aggressive. If you have carnivorous fish housed with this angelfish, feed the tank with vegetable based foods first to give the angelfish their fill. Family description Pomacanthidae Angelfish Pomacanthidae are known as some of the most colourful and impressive fish holacanrhus the reef. Ornamental crabs and shrimp are usually left alone, but tubeworms will be eaten.

Angelfish Pomacanthidae are known as some of the most colourful and impressive fish on the reef. Like other species of Holacanthus they feed mostly on sponges, algae, plankton, and other invertebrates, holwcanthus both juveniles and adults also perform cleaning services.

Most of the SPS corals can be kept with Angelfish.

King Angelfish

Add your observation in Fish Watcher Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed. Gorgonians have been known to be eaten and star polyps. It is possibly the most aggressive of all angelfish, and definitely the most aggressive of the Holacanthus species. The edges of their dorsal and anal fins are trimmed in 2 colors, orange below and a thinner line of bright blue on top. View 5 Animal Stories on King Angelfish. Monogamous mating is observed as both facultative and social Ref.

Water quality must also be very high, so that the fish do not get stressed for that reason either. This a trait found in all species of Holacanthus angelfish. They have not bred in captivity and hence can be very difficult to find in most hobby shops, although they are slightly more available through mail order companies.


Special aquariums may cover tanks with low salinity, sub-tropical temperature, deep sand bed, sea grass etc. Space itself is not enough, there should also be sufficient hiding places so the fish do not have to fight over these. They have between 18 and 20 rays in their dorsal fin and each of their pectoral fins, and 17 to 19 in their anal fin.

Wikispecies has information related to Holacanthus passer. Tips for keeping Angelfish It is possible to keep various different sizes of Angelfish in the same aquarium, but it means that one must choose species with care and that the conditions in the tank are optimum.

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Only a few aquarists has reported problems keeping this species ohlacanthus corals and other invertebrates. Juveniles will set up cleaning stations and remove ectoparasites from a variety of paszer including groupers, grunts, snappers, and goatfishes. The only exception is the Rock Beauty Angelfish Holacanthus tricolorwhich adapts poorly and will often starve to death. As with all angelfish, the pH level should never drop below 8. Hiding places This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.

Controlling pH levels is best resolved by water changes rather than chemicals.