Midnight Angelfish - Centropyge nox - Midnight Angel Fish
This coal black sensation stands out as an excellent addition to the home aquarium. One of the less aggressive of the family, the Midnight Angelfish is one addition that is more likely to behave itself in the home aquarium. Keep in aquarium with plenty of hiding places as the Midnight Angelfish is initially shy and can be easily bullied by other fish. Can be kept with other Centropyge Angelfish species providing they are introduced simutaneously and that the other fish is not one of the more aggressive of the group.
It requires at least a 30-gallon tank with lots of hiding places. The Midnight Angelfish should be the only dwarf angelfish in the tank. It is not a good reef dweller and may nip at soft coral polyps, clam mantles, and zoanthids.
Water Conditions 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4 The Midnight Angelfish groups up to 4 Inches in size. Dwarf Midnight Angelfish Are generally available at 2-4 inches.
Habitat: Pacific Ocean
Specific Care Information: Dwarf Midnight Angelfish are generally peaceful fish but will often quarrel with members of their own species and even genus if they look similar enough. Though there are reports generalizing this species are 'reef safe', we strongly advise to add them to a reef with extreme caution. The reason for this is that many of Midnight species will behave like model citizens for a while, but one day will go after corals and clams for no reason. This may have something to do with the Dwarf Midnight Angelfish being predominately plankton eaters as juveniles. An underfed adult may attempt to try something new and find that clams and corals are it's newest favorite diet. We recommend purchasing the youngest specimen available in hopes it settles down and learns to eat a captive diet prior to learning that corals and clams are a tasty treat.
It is important to provide Dwarf Midnight Angelfish with plenty of good quality cured live rock and a well aquascaped aquarium with caves, archways and overhangs to swim through or hide in. Especially if there will be more than one Dwarf Midnight Angelfish in the same aquarium. Members of the Centropyge genus are referred to as Dwarf Angelfish because of their smaller size in relation to their larger Chaetodontoplus, Genicanthus, Holacanthus and Pomacanthus cousins.
Diet: In the wild the Midnight angelfish has a varied diet consisting of algae and crustaceans. The Midnight angel is not considered reef safe as it may nip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids and clam mantles. There are occasional specimens that live very long lives in reef aquaria as peaceful citizens but the majority of these fish will often turn for no apparent reason when they are older. This may be easily explained as many of the Centropyge family are predominately plankton eaters as juveniles and will switch to consuming it’s natural adult diet once fully grown. Sometimes all it takes is for an underfed individual to ‘test’ a food source. This being the case, be sure to add this specimen to a well established tank and feed frozen mysis shrimp, meaty crustaceans such as shrimp and clam. Be sure to include algae such as spirulina.
Breeding and Propagation: The Midnight Angelfish is very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and has no distinguishable differences in color between male to female.
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