Facts about Asfur Angelfish, "Scientific name for Asfur Angelfish is Pomacanthus asfur". Asfur Angelfish are also known as the Half Moon Angelfish, the Arabian Angelfish and Crescent Angelfish.
The Asfur Angelfish is known to habit the salty waters of the western Indian Ocean. The Arabian Angelfish can grow to lengths of about sixteen inches (40.6 cm) in its natural aquarium environment. However, in the tank-based aquarium, the Asfur Angelfish can hardly grow past ten inches (25.4 cm).
The juvenile Asfur Angelfish has spots of a light-blue with white stripes. The adult Asfur Angelfish species has a blue colored, imperial body with a v-shaped stripe of yellow and a yellow tail. The Asfur Angelfish is stunning and eye catchy both in its juvenile and adult stages. Its bright coloration in addition to the fact, that it is easy to take care of, makes the Arabian Angelfish one of the most commonly kept aquarium fish.
The fact is that a Asfur Angelfish are omnivorous, (definition-they eat both other animals and plants). When first get your, Asfur Angelfish it may need to be given live foods such as freshly chopped seafoods or brine shrimp or to encourage them to eat. The Asfur Angelfish like hiding in areas near caves where there is soft and stony corals. That's were the Asfur Angelfish feed on tunicates, sponges benthic algae and weeds.
The Asfur Angelfish requires to be kept in a one-fifty gallon (190 liter) tank aquarium. However the adult juveniles, requires a maximum of three hundred gallon (1135 liter) tank aquarium with plenty of swimming space and several rocks, cave and crevices for the fish to use as hiding places. Asfur Angelfish is important to note that, small sized tanks can result to smaller swimming space which can lead to lack of full adult coloration, developed stress and ultimately a shorter life span.
Although the Asfur Angelfish has bold colors, it does not have the dominant personality seen in some other large fish species. The Asfur Angelfish is known to be one of the shyest of the Pomacanthus fish family. However, like any other saltwater fish, the Asfur Angelfish can be very aggressive towards its own unless it is kept with the opposite sex juveniles. As the Asfur Angelfish becomes acquainted and at ease with their tank, they may pick on passive fish or any new tank mates.
In a restricted reef aquarium, the Asfur Angelfish can feed on a diet which contains spongiform products, vegetables and meats.
Lifespan of Asfur Angelfish is over 20 years in captivity.
Aquarium care of Asfur Angelfish
Test the water when preparing your tank for your fish: You will need to purchase a liquid tester so that you can test for Nitrates and Ammonia. The strip-style test kits are unreliable and a waste of money. You should use a dechlorinating product to remove the harmful chlorine from the water. Test for nitrite, ammonia, and proper PH, which is 8.1 to 8.4 pH. The ammonia should always be 0, the nitrite should be 0, and the nitrate should preferably be below 10 ppm. If it's at or above 20 ppm, you have too many fish or are not changing the water often enough. Cycling your tank is important, Follow the steps to cycle your tank. This establishes healthy bacterial and chemical levels. The water temperature for your Asfur Angelfish is 72 to 78° F (22.2 to 25.5 cel). The specific gravity at 1.020 to 1.025.
When buying your Asfur Angelfish see which one looks like the healthier fish. Be wary of tanks with dead fish in them, as this can be a sign of illness or improper care. Clamped fins are a sign of illness. In addition, healthy Asfur Angelfish will have no white spots, make sure they swim with their fins held upright, and have a nice rich color or colors. Make sure the Asfur Angelfish swim all over the tank and look healthy.
When adding the Asfur Angelfish to the aquarium, it is important to introduce the Asfur Angelfish to the tank environment slowly. As soon as you get home, float the entire, closed pet store bag (with the Asfur Angelfish inside!) in the tank on top of the water for about a half hour. This will allow the water in the plastic bag and the Asfur Angelfish to equalize out to the same temperature as in your tank, so your fish does not get shocked by the different temperature. Next, add a small amount of water from your tank to the bag, and wait about 15 minutes. Do this at least one more time. Us a net to catch your Asfur Angelfish and then while the fish is in the net, dispose of all the water down a drain or outside. Then transfer the Asfur Angelfish carefully into the your tank. This process not only reduces stress for you Asfur Angelfish, it also prevents the dirty pet store water from contaminating your tank with disease.