Fish Profile: Coral Beauty Angelfish

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The Coral Beauty Angelfish is a popular saltwater aquarium fish which belongs to the family Pomacanthidae under order Perciformes of Class Actinopterygii. It is also known as two-spined Angelfish or Dusky Angelfish.

It is distributed in the Indo-Pacific from East Africa through French Polynesia to Lord Howe Island in the South Pacific. It is found in lagoon and seaward reef slopes in rich coral areas within 9 – 45 m depth ranges. It occurs singly or forms small school near to the cracks and crevices of the reef structure.

The Coral Beauty has a disc shaped body with blunt snout. It exhibits variation of color and is often dark blue on the head and fins with dark orange stripes vertically.

In wild condition it chiefly feeds on Spirulina, marine filamentous green and red algae. It also takes some meaty foods such as brine shrimp, mysis shrimps, worms and mollusks. It is preyed upon by larger fish such as Triggers, Basses and Lionfish.

It reaches sexual maturity at the age between 2 and 5 years. It is generally resistant to disease and it grows up to 10 cm in length. Its life span ranges from 10-15 years.

Spawning normally takes place at dusk and the female typically produces between 150 and 2000 pelagic eggs a day. The larvae of coral beauty feed on plankton and brine shrimp.

Fact Sheet – Coral Beauty Angelfish

  1. Scientific Name: Centropyge bispinosus
  2. Family: Pomacanthidae
  3. Size Range: up to 10 cm in length
  4. Reef Compatible: with caution
  5. Diet: Omnivore
  6. Tank Size: 70+ gallons
  7. Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
  8. Tank region: It swims all levels of the tank
  9. Temperature: 72-78° F
  10. Lighting flow: Moderate
  11. Carbonate Alkalinity (dKH): 8-12
  12. Water pH: 8.1-8.4
  13. Specific gravity: 1.020-1.025
  14. Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Vanuatu
  15. Temperament: Semi-aggressive
  16. Care Level: Easy
  17. Habitat: Indo-Pacific, Great Barrier Reef
  18. Lifespan: 10 – 15 years or longer
  19. Reproduction: Egg spawner

Coral Beauty Angelfish Care

The Coral Beauty is a favorite aquarium fish due to

  • their brilliant colors,
  • mild temperament
  • ease of care,
  • hardiness,
  • low price,
  • and availability.

It requires minimum 70 gallons aquarium but larger is recommended with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing.

The aquarium should have Powerful water movements and a high oxygen level.

The water temperature should be ranged between 72 and 78° F while pH and specific gravity should be ranged from 8.1-8.4 and 1.020-1.025 respectively.

Ammonia and nitrite levels should absolute zero.

Carbonate alkalinity should be kept at 8-12 dKH while calcium should be at 400 to 460 ppm.

The coral beauty angelfish does well-behave in a reef aquarium but occasionally it does nip large-polyped stony corals or soft coral polyps, such as Xenia. It also destroys feather dusters and sea anemones in aquarium. Its gill cover bears spine and care should be taken during handling.


Normally this fish is not aggressive towards other Angelfishes but some individual specimens may be territorial in smaller aquariums.

Only one coral beauty is recommended per tank.

Suitable tank mates are Damselfish, Tangs, Hawkfish, Cardinals, Wrasses and Blennies.


In captive condition, it should be fed a variety of foods suitable for herbivores and carnivores, such as Spirulina, marine algae, Mysis or frozen shrimp, frozen fish eggs, finely grated frozen seafood and other high-quality meaty foods.

Feed should be supplied 2 to 3 times per day.


It is generally resistant to disease but sometimes it is affected by some parasites such as gill and body parasites, protozoan, flukes and dinoflagellates.

Proper care should be recommended to keep healthy your coral beauty angel fish. In this case traditional copper therapies are very effective to treat infested fish.

Water chemistry is crucial in maintaining a Coral Beauty. The maintaining of stable water parameters and temperature and well oxygenated water will also help to provide a healthy environment for your coral beauty.

Picture Gallery


Here’s a quick video of the Coral Beauty in action by Dan98943

Other Helpful Resources

  1. LiveAquaria – Coral Beauty Angelfish
  2. Aquatic Community – Coral Beauty Angelfish
  3. – Coral Beauty Angelfish – User Reviews
  4. Wikipedia – Two Spinned Angelfish

Share Your Thoughts

So, there you have it a quick rundown of the Coral Beauty Angelfish. I hope I’ve covered most the important points in keeping this beautiful saltwater fish.

To the more experienced, I’d appreciate (and so does every other aquarist out there) if you have any additional tips to share in the comments section below.

About Dennis Hanson

Dennis is an experienced aquarist with many years of knowledge and experience in keeping successful tanks. He also has no relations to the pop group Hanson.

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