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Colored Angler - Antennarius species - Frogfish - Colored Frog Fish

Colored Angler - Antennarius species - Frogfish - Colored Frog Fish
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Aquarium suitability:
Care level:
Moderate
Behavior:
Semi-aggressive
Minimum tank size:
30 Gallon
Maximum size:
4 inches
Reef compatibility:
Yes
Diet:
Carnivore, Feeder Shrimp, Pellet
Origin:
Indo-Pacific
Family:
Antennariidae
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Regular Price:
$149.99
Purchase size:
Small 1" - 2"
Medium 2" - 3"
Large 3" - 5"
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$81.98 2/$163.50
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Stock Code :
colored-frogfish
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The Colored Angler can range in color from tan to gray to brown. Their body can also change color to blend with the surrounding environment over time. They require large amounts of live rock in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of places to hide and swim. These fishes do not cause any harm to corals and are moderate to care. The Colored Angler may act peacefully toward other fish.

An Colored Anglers are small fishes with large globose heads. They can be distinguished from other anglerfishes by the three extended dorsal fin spines on their heads. They are mostly bottom-dwelling fishes that are well camouflaged; they employ the first dorsal spine as a fishing lure to attract prey.

An Colored Anglerfish has a head of enormous size, broad, flat and depressed, with the remainder of the body appearing merely like an appendage.

Maximum Size: An Colored Angler can grow up to maximum of five inches.

General Size Specifications: The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 2 to 3 inches; the large generally 3 to 5 inches. They make excellent compatibility with reef aquarium.

Minimum Tank Size Suggested: An Colored Angler prefers a tank of over 30 gallons

Water Conditions: Considerably high quality water with minimum temperature ranging between 72F and 78F, minimum pH of 8.1 and specific gravity carrying between 1.020 and 1.025 is required for Colored anglerfish species.. The maximum pH that can be tolerated is 8.4.

Habitat: The Colored Anglerfish species are found in Indo-Pacific region

Feeding and Diet: A Colored Anglerfish are gluttons and will eat any tankmate that will fit in their mouths, including those equal or even slightly greater in length. The Colored Anglerfish will even eat venomous fishes. Some specimens can be trained to take pieces of seafood off of a feeding stick, but live food is often necessary to induce a feeding response. They will also eat ornamental shrimp. Do not keep any angler with curious fishes such as triggerfish or large type wrasses, as this fish will pick at the angler as if it were food.

When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice an Colored Anglerfish to eat. An Colored Angler may eat any small inhabitant of the tank (crustacean or fish) that is lured into its mouth with the use of an esca (modified first dorsal spine) that looks like a small, tasty fish. It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish and shrimp.

Breeding: An Colored Anglerfish have a unique mating method. Since individuals are rare and encounters doubly so, finding a mate is a problem, especially at a time when both individuals are ready to spawn. The mating process for the Colored Anglerfish is very difficult.When a male hatches, it is equipped with extremely well developed olfactory organs that detect scents in the water. They have no digestive system, and thus are unable to feed independently. They must find a female and quickly, or else they will die. When the male Colored Anglerfish finds a female, he bites into her flank, and releases an enzyme which digests the skin of his mouth and her body, fusing the pair down to the blood vessel level. The male then atrophies into nothing more than a pair of gonads that release sperm in response to hormones in the female's bloodstream indicating egg release.

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