How to Care Guide for French Angelfish Saltwater

What are French Angelfish? The French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru), also known as the large-spot angelfish, has a blue body in the front and yellow/orange on its back. It is 14 inches in maximum length and can live up to 15 years with proper care.

Where do French Angelfish Come From?

French angel fish come from tropical regions of the West Atlantic Ocean, including Bermuda and Hispaniola, to Brazil. They typically prefer reefs around islands or atolls with sand pits, ledges, drop-offs, or isolated coral heads for shelter. Depending on their location, they will sometimes swim freely throughout lagoons or sheltered bays. Rarely will you find them in open water, which makes tank-raised fish the only option for aquariums.

How big will a typical French Angelfish get?

The french angel fish can grow up to 14 inches long and live up to 15 years with proper care. This angelfish is a large growing species that require at least a 55-gallon marine tank with plenty of rocks or coral rubble for hiding places. These fish are semi-aggressive towards other angelfish, so it is best to keep only one per tank unless you are willing to risk aggression issues. They often do better in tanks without any other damsels or angels, but if they feel threatened, they may also act aggressively towards their human caretaker until they trust him/her again (which could be a while).

What colors and markings do French Angles have?

The french angel has blue coloring on its front half, from the top of the head to just before the tail, and orange/yellow coloring on its back half from just behind the eyes all the way down to its tail (most will also have blue around their tails as well). They are distinguishable from other angelfish by their large spots extending all over their dorsal fins, which look like polka dots. Depending on where they are located, these spots can range in color, such as black, dark green, or even yellow. Their stripes may also change their intensity based on how excited or stressed out they get, so you must take note of body, stripe, and fin positioning when determining how they feel.

French Angle Fish Tankmates

It is best only to keep one angel per tank, so you should have a tank that is 55 gallons or larger to sustain this species. They will not usually bother other angelfish, but if they feel threatened, they may attack others of the same species until he/she gains their trust again, which can take a while depending on the situation and how stressed out your fish got during an event like that. If you do decide to add more than one french angelfish, make sure it’s in a large enough tank with plenty of hiding places for each fish; even though they will most likely try to claim the same hiding spot for themselves together (so it’s best to have more than one). If you are unsure about compatibility with other fish you would like to add, ask your local aquarium store for help.

French Angelfish Care

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The french angel is a very hardy fish once proper care is given, and they can live up to 15 years if cared for properly (which includes a tank that is 55 gallons or larger, at least). They will require plenty of hiding places in the form of rocks or coral rubble; this provides security and territoriality, preventing stress on this species. They will become less active in tanks without enough rock work because they feel vulnerable and often hide throughout the day/night hours.

How long do French Angles Live?

The french angel can live up to 15 years with proper care (which includes a tank that is 55 gallons or larger, at least). Their life span also increases if they are kept in warm waters while young. They are very hardy fish once you get them home and into the right environment, so it is important to make sure you consider these things before purchasing one for your aquarium.

French Angle Fish Diet and Feeding

As with most angelfish species, the french angel thrives on marine algae and certain types of invertebrates such as sponges, tunicates, zoanthids, etc… which will require aqua-scaping their new homes based on their dietary needs. Since this species is semi-aggressive, you should feed algae or invertebrates that are hardy and able to handle a french angel’s aggression.

French Angelfish Gender Differences

The males will have a more pointed anal fin while females will usually have a rounded shape similar to other fish species; this may be true for some but not all individuals, so it’s always best to go from appearance first until settling on odds are you’ve got it right or wrong. You must also take note of body, stripe, and fin positioning when trying to determine if your fish is male or female because these factors can also affect your judgment.

French Angelfish Breeding

Birds of a feather flock together; this is usually the case with french angelfish that are ready to be bred. This species has been known to “share” hiding places in groups. Still, since they are usually kept singly, it can take a while for them to learn how to appreciate each other’s company if you plan on breeding them. I recommend keeping this species alone, so they don’t get too stressed during their reproduction process. If you plan on purchasing more than one french angel, keep in mind that they will most likely try to claim the same hiding spot for themselves altogether, so make sure you have enough rock work where each fish can hide in their own space.

French Angle Fish Aquarium Setup

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The french angel is a beautiful and interesting species of fish to keep in the home aquarium, but they do require certain equipment; such as a canister or power filter for water purification, large quantities of rock work with plenty of caves and crevices where they can feel secure when threatened, and somewhere around 55 gallons to make sure they’re comfortable throughout their lives. They have been known to be picky eaters, especially if under stress or not given enough hiding spaces; this makes it even more important that you provide them with everything needed to ensure long-term success while keeping them. Never overcrowd an entire tank like this because it will most likely cause the death of one or more fish due to stress, resulting in the loss of your entire group.

French Angle Fish Disease Prevention

Since this species is very hardy, as long as you take proper care and precautions to protect them from disease, it’s important to ensure they are given plenty of space throughout their lives. As always, a well-maintained aquarium with regular water changes through clean filtration systems is key for longevity with any pet fish, regardless of whether they’re saltwater or freshwater. It also never hurts to add supplements to your tanks, such as iodine, calcium, and other trace minerals that help promote healthy gills and fins, among many other benefits, which can be purchased at your local pet store. I hope this care guide for french angelfish helped answer your questions about how to care for these beautiful fish, whether you’re keeping them with other types of saltwater or fr fish.

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