The Eibli Angelfish, a.k.a. Red Stripe Angelfish, Blacktail, or Eibli’s Angelfish, is a pale gray colored Angelfish with orange to red vertical stripes running down its body. The Eibli also usually has orange around its eye and on its belly. The rear part of its body is usually colored in black with its caudal fin rimmed with blue. These fish do very well in aquariums and prefer lots of rockwork to feel comfortable.The Eibli Angel should be kept in a tank of 30 gallons or larger, so it'll have ample room to roam. They will spend most of their day grazing algae that grows on live rock. They should not be kept with other Dwarf Angels and only one should be kept per tank.
Water Quality Should Be kept High At SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F. The dwarf Eibli Angelfish are generally 2 to 4 inches However Eibli grows upto 6 inches. It is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium, and there are no distinguishing characteristics that help differentiate males from females.
Origin: Indo-West Pacific: Sri Lanka to the eastern Indo-Malaya region. Found on reefs between the depths of 10m to 30m
Specific Care Information: Dwarf Eibli 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', it is strongly advised to add them to a reef with extreme caution. The reason for this is that many of Eibli 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 Eibli 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. It is 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 Eibli 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 Eibli 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: The diet of the Eibl's Anglefish should include Spirulina, marine algae, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.
Breeding and Propagation: Centropyge eibli are protogynous synchronous hermaphrodites meaning the all start off as unsexed and develop into fully functioning females and later have the potential to change into a male should no other males be available. There are no visible differences between males and females. In the wild they form small harems between three to seven individuals when it's time to spawn. They haven't successfully been bred in an aquarium.
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