The Arabian Angelfish can be found in the tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and Red Sea. They prefer to occupy caves where they can find a variety of corals. They are herbivores and mostly feast on algae and weeds. Living around these coral reefs allows them to have plenty of hiding places from any predators. Although predominantly a solitary fish, they can be found in mating pairs and form groups no larger than two.

As they grow into adulthood, the Arabian Angelfish will discover a change in their colouration juveniles will be blue with white stripes, whereas adults will be predominantly a bright blue with a distinct yellow band in their middle and a yellow colouring on their tail. Many Angelfish have a reputation for being aggressive, but the Arabian Angelfish is much more timid and tends not to fight other fish.

When courting a mate the male fish will swim around the female before swimming above her to check to see if she is ready to lay her eggs. Once the eggs are laid and fertilised, they will float off into the sea for a few weeks before resting on the ocean floor to hatch. When hatched these baby angelfish will grow up away from their parents.


Fish: solitary reef fish

What do they eat?

algae and sea sponges


Max 40cm

Water Type

Salt Water

Where are we?

Indian Ocean and Red Sea

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