Common Name: Bellus Angelfish
Scientific Name: Genicanthus bellus
Min. Tank Size: 75 gallons
Captive Care: Intermediate
Max. Size: 15cm (6")
Range: Eastern Indian Ocean: Cocos-Keeling Atoll. Pacific Ocean: Philippines, Palau, Guam, Cook Island and the Society Islands. Recently reported from Tonga
Depth: 24 - 110m (78 - 360ft)
Remarks: Buoyancy problems are very common with this angelfish. Collectors generally use a needle to release gas from the swim bladder as they bring this fish from deep water to the shallow. It is a highly specialized skill that is often not done properly and cause decompression problems if not properly performed. If you see an individual unable to swim upright, try to avoid. But if a healthy individual is obtained they readily eat in captivity. Feed nori often to help them build up their fat reserve. Perfectly reef-safe. Male fish lose the blue coloration and have a yellow bar across the mid section and top of the body.