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      Rock Beauty Angelfish

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      Registered: July 2003
      Location: Sumner
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      Scientific Name: Holacanthus tricolor
      Max. size: 35.0 cm TL (male/unsexed), ~13 inches
      Environment: reef-associated; non-migratory; marine; depth range 3 - 92 m
      Climate: tropical
      Distribution: Western Atlantic = Georgia (USA), Bermuda, and northern Gulf of Mexico to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
      Morphology: Dorsal spines (total): 14; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-19; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 18-20. Front of body yellow; remaining parts of body, dorsal fin, and front of anal fin black. Caudal fin entirely yellow. Front margin of anal fin and edge of gill cover orange; bright blue on upper and lower part of iris. The young of about an inch in length are entirely yellow except for a blue-edged black spot on the upper side of the body posterior to the midpoint; with growth the black spot soon expands to become the large black area covering most of the body and dorsal and anal fins .
      Biology: Inhabits rock jetties, rocky reefs and rich coral areas. Juveniles often associated with fire corals. Feeds on tunicates, sponges, zoantharians and algae.
      Aquarium Care: Provide a lot of "hideaways" in the rock work, as well as established live rock. This species has a low survival rate in captivity, so is not well suited for aquaria. The Rock Beauty Angel will nip at sessile inverts, such as tridacnid clams, and soft & hard corals. This species is very shy and easily over stressed. Placement with its own kind, other Angels, or Triggers, should be avoided. This fish can appear healthy one day, and go downhill the next.
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