Gold Flake Angel Fish

Apolemichthys xanthopunctatus

Also known as Gold-spangled, Gold-spotted Angelfish, Gold-Speckled Angelfish,

Hawaiian native, Origin: Christmas Island
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′

The Goldflake Angel fish is a dazzlingly gorgeous fish that grabs eyes. It quickly becomes the start of your aquarium, actively swimming all over the tank with its great personality.

An adult Goldflake Angel fish has a yellow body sprinkled with golden specks. Its fins are black, matched by a spot on the forehead. The fins are outlined with an accenting brilliant, bright blue which also adorns the fish’s mouth.

Juvenile Goldflake Angel fish have bright yellow bodies, and you can see the makings of their gold flakes. At that age, it looks more like random gold strips or even random dark strips along the body. The back fins may be black if they have matured enough. Their dorsal fin is yellow with a tell-tale black spot on the back end. There is also a black stripe coming down from the top of the head through the eye. As it matures, the scales edges start to get darker and the markings on the fish change to the adult marks.

Goldflake Angel fish for sale usually measure between 3-5 inches long. When they mature, they can reach 10 inches in length.

The Gold Flake angel fish is a rare fish, only becoming available once in a while.

Goldflake Angel fish are not known to be easy to keep. Experienced aquarists have been able to keep them because they have experience with saltwater aquariums and know how to take care of their fish. Once it gets acclimated, though, it becomes easier to work with.

Goldflake Angel fish need large aquariums. One fish can live pretty well in an established 125 gallon tank. The aquarium’s live rock should be established enough to provide algae growth and arranged in such a way that it gives the fish many places to hide and to feel safe and secure and also to provide hiding spaces for other fish when it starts to harass them. It also needs to provide a lot of swimming room. If you want to keep another angel in the tank, you will want an aquarium that is over 150 gallons in size. The Goldflake Angel fish should be the first of the large angelfish in the tank.

Goldflake Angel fish require high quality water in their aquarium. 72-78┬░ F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025

The Goldflake Angel fish is an omnivore and should be fed several times each day. In the ocean, they actively graze on the rock all day, eating mostly sponges and tunicates. There are prepared foods that include a large supply of sponge in them, which will help them greatly. They will also eat mysis and brine shrimp, like most aquarium fish. In time, you will find that the Goldflake Angel fish can learn to eat foods, even flake foods, from your hands.

It would be best for the Goldflake Angel fish if they did not have to compete for algae growing naturally on the live rock, but in an aquarium setting, they most likely will. They will need the vegetarian side of their menu supplemented with nori, spirulina, and other plant matter.

Goldflake Angel fish are as susceptible to disease as their tank mates. Some of the common ones, lie Ich, Crypt and Velvet, or flukes can be treated by owe ring the salinity of the tank to 1.010-1.012 – also known as “hypo-salinity.” This process usually takes two weeks. Once the issues have not ben seen in a while, bring the salinity back to normal. You will want to o this over several days, especially with Angels.

Preventing diseases is always easier than the cure. Keeping the fish as stress-free as can be and letting it grow and be strong, with plenty of hiding places in the aquarium.

Putting a Goldfake Angel Fish into a reef tank is taking a risk.

Some corals are said to be safe with them, but it has a reputation for hurting clams and soft corals, like zoanthids. It also has a reputation for enjoying tube worms. It will also nip a larger polyp stony corals. The soft polyp stony corals, however, seem to be quite safe with the fish. Juveniles are known not to give any reef problems, but when they grow into adulthood, that is when their aggressiveness and territorial nature start to come through.

The Goldflake Angel is semi-aggressive. It thrives best in a community with other fish that are semi-aggressive and are other shapes, colors and sizes. It will go after and bully peaceful fish, whereas other semi-aggressive fish will stand up to it and keep fighting and bullying down.

If the Goldflake Angel fish is not going to be your final addition to the tank, know that the larger the tank, the less aggression you will see in your aquarium. More aggressive fish that get added after the Goldflake Angel fish will harass it. Re-arranging the rock work when introducing the new fish can help to calm things down.

Opinions vary among experts about how well the Goldflake Angel fish coexists with other angels in an aquarium. The one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that the Goldflake Angel fish is one of the better candidates to house with other angels, but the tank needs to be very large and spacious so that they can each have a place to call “home.” Once it has established itself and found its home spot, it can become territorial, just like other angels. So house with other angels with extreme caution.

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