Category: Salt Water
Facts about the Oriole Angelfish, they are marine Angelfish which are also known as Bicolor Angelfish or Oriole Dwarf Angelfish. The Oriole Angelfish are found in Indo-Pacific East Africa. Surprisingly, the Oriole Angelfish have a wide range distribution throughout the word. Mostly the Oriole Angelfish are harvested for pet industry but they cannot be named as endangered.
The Oriole Angelfish are recognizable due to their bright colors which range from bluish, black, and gold. This has led people to define them as Black and Gold Angelfish, two colored Angelfish and Bluish and gold Angelfish.
Oriole Angelfish are distinguishable from other Angelfish dwarfs because they have an over shape that is slightly longer. The Oriole Angelfish grow up to 15 cm and this is also bigger than others by 2 cm. The front of their bodyis yellow to gold while the back is dark to royal blue. At the top of each eye, the Oriole Angelfish have a blue mask like which runs over their forehead. The anal and dorsal fins are blue in color. The pelvic, tail fins, and pectoral are yellow. It is hard to differentiate the juvenile Oriole Angelfish because they look similar, but at a closer look they have darker bars.
The Oriole Angelfish have a lifespan of 12 years when kept in the aquarium but if they are well taken care of they can live up to 15 years.
Among all the Oriole Angelfish, this one is considered to be the most aggressive. Keeping them in pairs is recommended but the tank must be spacious. This allows each Oriole Angelfish to keep distance while guiding their territory. It is not recommended to keep them with other peaceful fish unless again you keep them in a large tank or aquarium.
These Oriole Angelfish are omnivores though they feed more on meaty foods which is not common on other dwarfs. When they are younger, they feed on algae and as they grow older, they feed on worms, corals or sponges. The Oriole Angelfish also feed on mysis, frozen shrimp, and formula foods. If held in captive the feeding should be done severally per day.
These Oriole Angelfish are moderately difficult to care for when in aquariums. The Oriole Angelfish need plenty of water which should be changed at an interval of three to four weeks. This is for the bigger gallons of around 100. If the gallon is smaller, then the water should be changed weekly. The pH level should not exceed 8.0.
The Oriole Angelfish have not bred in captivity yet. In the wild, the Oriole Angelfish reach sexual maturity at 60 to 69 mm. The Oriole Angelfish have an interesting courtship before they mate. The male makes loud voices and when they meet the female they make the first move. He swims upwards to her, tilts his body to an angle of 90 degrees. If the female is ready to spawn they will soar together and the male will nuzzle the female’s body for around 18seconds. After that, they release gametes while producing fertilized eggs. The eggs are left to hatch on their own.
The Oriole Angelfish are prone to parasites like white spot diseases.