Commonly known as the Keyhole Angelfish or Puller Angelfish, Tibicen Angelfish is one of the largest species of the Centropyge genus. They derive its name from the egg-shaped vertical bar that beautifies the middle area of their body.
Quick stats – Tibicen Angelfish
|Origin||Indonesia, Coral sea|
|Max size||8” / 20.32 cm|
|Aquarium||Min 70 gallon / 265 liters|
|Water|| 74-79° F / 23-27° C|
dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.5
|Lifespan||Up to 10 years|
Tibicen Angelfish description
Though it has the shape and size of a Dwarf Angelfish often growing to less than 4.7’’ (12cm), it can also grow to an exceeding size of 8’’ (20.32cm).
These species range in color from blue-ish black to total black. The body is primarily dull blue to a brownish blue while the pelvic and lower portions of the anal fins are yellow.
Tibicen Angelfish in the ideal aquarium
The tank should be decorated with lots of live rocks that provides them with lots of hiding places and facilitate the growth of algae matters upon which they would graze.
These species are not good reef dwellers as they tend to nip at the precious corals, sessile invertebrates and clam mantles.
Tibicen Angelfish feeding
In the wild, the Tibicen Angelfish are omnivores and would feed on a variety of meaty, vegetable matters, filamentous algae and diatoms. Spirulina, fresh or frozen mysis shrimp, other high quality prepared foods and a lot of marine algae make a great diet for Tibicen Angelfish.
They should be fed 2-3 times a day with just as much they can finish in a few minutes.
Tibicen Angelfish breeding
Tibicen Angelfish are hermaphrodites with no distinguishable color difference between the males and females, thereby making it difficult to successfully breed them in captivity.