What habitat does it live in?
Goldflakes are found in the
deeper water around the outer edges of reefs and nearby channels and
drop-offs, often in shallow water but sometimes at 10-65m/33-213’
According to angelfish expert Dr Richard Pyle they’re found
individually, in pairs and small groups Once a true rarity, they’re now
seen much more regularly.
Is it hard to keep?
its looks and comparative rarity, it is not particularly difficult to
keep However, this is really a fish for the experienced fishkeeper.
the wild it feeds on sponges and tunicates it grazes from the reef, but
most captive specimens will take algae, Mysis and brineshrimp, as well
as some dried and frozen foods aimed at meeting the dietary requirements
of specialist marine fishes.
Mark Strawbridge told us: “Over the past 12 years at Taunton Aquarium
Centre I’ve bought and sold more than 15 Goldflakes and, in my
experience, small adults readily feed, but the smaller juveniles are hit
“If considering a Goldflake, ensure
it is feeding well before you buy it
Provide it with good water quality
and plenty of areas to hide in Don’t forget a good balanced diet and
it should make a nice centrepiece for your aquarium The Goldflake is a
relatively solitary species, more commonly seen on its own than in
pairs, or sometimes in small groups of adults.”