The Queen Angelfish are very beautiful and often act as cleaners to other fish. It is more common for the juveniles to be seen cleaning other fish.
The Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) comes from the western Atlantic and are very popular for large aquariums. Their colors appear to change under aquarium lighting
The Queen Angelfish feeds mainly on sponges but is also known to eat jellyfish and corals as well as plankton and algae. Juveniles help to clean larger fish and feed on the parasites that are attached to larger fish. They will form cleaning stations and wait for the fish to come. In the aquarium the queen angelfish can be fed on meaty foods and algae based foods.
Queen Angelfish are found around coral reefs around the Florida keys as well as other areas. It is believed that adults may mate for life. When breeding the fish rise up in the water and bring their bodies together whilst releasing clouds of sperm and eggs. The female can release up to 75000 during each spawning cycle
The queen angelfish are considered to be difficult to keep i the home aquarium and needs to be looked after by an experiences fish keeper. A minimum tank of 180 gallons is needed and the queen angelfish will pick on other fish in the tank, especially new additions to the tank. The queen angelfish is not reef safe because it will eat corals particulary stony or soft corals.
The queen angelfish is better suited to large public aquariums.