Biota Marine Life Nursery has successfully raised captive-bred Coral Beauty Angelfish. This fish is one of the 30 species of dwarf angels (scientific name: Centropyge) highly popular in the marine trade.
Also referred to as Two-Spine Angelfish or Dusky Angelfish, the Coral Beauty is a small, colorful species commonly found in shallow, rocky areas across reefs of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. It can grow up to 4 inches in length.
The coral beauties in the wild have varied coloration and patterns, depending on where it is found. Typically, they have a bright orange body with dark blue vertical stripes and their head, fins and tails have royal blue to purple hues.
In some cases, almost the entire body is blue, while others’ predominant color is orange, red or yellow. To aquarists’ delight, they retain their coloration even as they reach adulthood, making them a stunning addition to the tank.
The video of Biota’s coral beauties below show a range of color development as they are at their settlement stage. In a couple of months, they will transition to fully colored juveniles.
Breeding the Coral Beauty
While coral beauties are easy to care for in aquariums, this species is difficult to breed. The adults are carefully collected from the reefs nearby and then housed in large deep aquariums that give them the space they need to court.
Amazingly, our first batch of eggs came just 10 days after we settled them in their new home. Our philosophy is to hold our broodstock for one year and then we release them back to their home reef.
The Adults wait until sunset and then begin a ritual of courtship including vigorous swimming, head shaking and ultimately they rush toward the surface and lay eggs. They are a broadcast spawner which means they ‘spread’ the eggs in the water column.
The eggs float and develop in the water over the next day. Then once hatched the young larval fish drift in the ocean (or in our aquariums) for about 30 days! During this time they are feeding and growing until settlement.
Behavior in the Tank
The coral beauty has a relatively peaceful disposition in an aquarium. However, in small aquariums, wild ones can exhibit aggressive behavior as it tries to protect its small territory. Given this tendency, it is ideal to introduce this wild angelfish to a mature tank of about 150 liters as the last inhabitant.
Luckily, our cultured Coral Beauties are raised in small aquariums and therefore are acclimated to this size aquarium.
They behave differently as a result of our conditioning process and they will do well in the Biota Aquarium.
If Biota Aquariums customers can keep the Biota Aquarium going well for 6 months then they qualify for one of our Coral Beauty Pygmy Angels!