Melas Angelfish - Centropyge tibicen

Melas Angelfish - Centropyge tibicen

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Melas Angelfish - Centropyge tibicen

Product Description:

The Melas Angelfish (Centropyge tibicen), also known as the Keyhole Angelfish or Tibicen Angelfish, is a captivating addition to any marine aquarium. This stunning species is renowned for its striking black body with a contrasting white "keyhole" marking. Known for its hardiness and unique appearance, the Melas Angelfish is an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced aquarists looking to add a touch of elegance and color to their tank.

Key Features:

1. Striking Appearance: The Melas Angelfish features a deep black body with a distinctive white spot that resembles a keyhole, making it a visually appealing centerpiece in any aquarium. Its contrasting colors make it easy to spot and admire.

2. Hardy and Adaptable: This species is known for its hardiness and adaptability to various aquarium conditions, making it an ideal choice for aquarists of all experience levels. It can thrive in both reef and fish-only setups.

3. Active and Curious: The Melas Angelfish is an active swimmer with a curious nature. It often explores its surroundings and interacts with its environment, adding dynamic movement and interest to the tank.

Care Instructions:

  • Tank Size: Provide a minimum tank size of 55 gallons to ensure ample swimming space and territory for the Melas Angelfish. Larger tanks are recommended for multiple specimens or mixed-species setups.

  • Aquarium Setup: Include plenty of live rock for hiding spots and grazing surfaces. The Melas Angelfish enjoys exploring crevices and caves, which mimic its natural habitat.

  • Feeding: Offer a varied diet consisting of high-quality marine angelfish pellets, frozen foods (such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp), and occasional vegetable matter (such as seaweed sheets and spirulina). This ensures balanced nutrition and vibrant coloration.

  • Reef Compatibility: The Melas Angelfish is generally considered reef-safe with caution. While it may occasionally nip at soft corals, sponges, and clam mantles, it typically does not cause significant damage in well-established reefs with ample coral growth.

  • Water Parameters: Maintain stable water conditions with a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C), pH between 8.1-8.4, and salinity at 1.023-1.025 specific gravity.

  • Tank Mates: Compatible with a variety of peaceful and semi-aggressive fish species. Avoid housing with highly aggressive fish or other dwarf angelfish to prevent territorial disputes.

Difficulty: Easy to moderate, suitable for beginner and experienced aquarists.

Maximum Size: Melas Angelfish can grow up to 6 inches (15 cm) in length.

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