Animal Stories - Indian Yellow-Tail Angelfish

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The Indian Yellowtail Angelfish has a creamy rich, subtle beauty, but is bold and showy in the aquarium!
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Paul - 2013-01-12
I have a Yellow Tail and it seems very timid it hides alot now i saw some comments on here saying they do well but i guess mine is the exception any clue as to why let me know Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-13
    Are their any other Angels in the tank?  What other fish are in there?  They do need a large tank so they can have their own territory.  Water condition are also very important to keeping this fish happy.
  • Paul - 2013-01-13
    I have 4 Damsels and a foxface the tank is a 125 Gallons.
  • Paul - 2013-01-17
    Thanks Clarice i am just getting back into the Hobby and have forgotten the trials and tribulations of a saltwater tank, I was a little careless and got excited and rushed things the tank was cycled but only established 8 weeks.
  • Paul - 2013-01-15
    Too Late It Died This Morning I now have a Hospital Tank Setup
Nigel Rigby - 2006-04-18
I bought an Indian Yellow Tail or 'Cream' Angelfish 8 weeks ago and I have to say he is a real charachter. He feeds on most things - vitamin enriched brine and mysis shrimp, together with most types of prepared sea weeds. 'He' also grazes constantly off algae in my mini reef.

One word of caution - he thinks he owns the tank!! he tolerates my pair of true percula anemonoefish (in the tank before him), but 'bullies' my purple fire fish and vermiculated leopard wrasse (added after).

Lewis - 2011-07-26
I added a cream angel to my 30 gallon aquarium with a coral beauty, then a few days later it got ick!
I treated it but then it died :(
I want to add another one but don't want to get ick again can anyone help me???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    Look up ick and you will see the life cycle of the disease is about 4 weeks. Caught in time - there shouldn't be a problem. So the ick is present before there are visible signs. You can treat for ich as soon as you bring the fish home or as soon as any visible sign. Then there is the quetion --- did the fish already have ich when you brought it home? You have experience now so you know what needs to be done. Go for it and good luck.
  • Lewis - 2011-07-28
    Thanks I looked at a few websites and some said to use garlic. Is that the garlic we put in food or is it something else???
    If it is the garlic we eat do you put it in their food because I have a glass where I take water from the tank and defrost the food in there?
  • Lewis - 2011-08-01
    So what type of garlic is it??
  • Clarice Brough - 2011-08-01
    I'm not sure that garlic is your solution. Fish don't use garlic in nature, though there are some fish people that really like it, and suggest that it has medicinal value. But I'd rather look at the problem directly.

    With saltwater fish, especially more delicate fish like the Angels, it's a really good idea to quarantine before adding them to your main tank. One fish with ich can wipe out your whole tank. So to really control what's happening, use a quarantine tank for at least 2 weeks. That will give you're new fish a chance to de-stress and acclimate.

    If it has ich, you can read all about this disease above on this page. Also how to treat it. It's a lot easier to treat one fish in a smaller environment that it is to treat your whole tank too. And a lot safer.

    Ich is an easy parasite to control, if you catch it right away. Usually caused by stress, or poor water conditions. In your case, I would guess stress as it was just recently shipped. Good luck!
frazer - 2011-06-05
I have had my cream angel for about 4 years is in my 400 gallon reef...never had any trouble with it really (it picked at my clam a little when I first put it in but gave up in the end and nibbled the tail of my harlequin sweetlips when it was a baby). I was just watching them this morning and it dashed across the tank. I thought something had scared it, but then it went over the rocks and released a clutch of eggs into the water, shocked I watched it swim away with more eggs coming out. Unfortunately the BOY fish was now a girl fish and I only have one of them so all it gave me was some free fish food that the tank mates loved. Can anyone out there give me some help on the reproductive cycle of apolemichthys xanthurus and or the sexual dimorphism so I can pair this fish up as I am lead to beleive that reproducing in captivity has not been acheived? thanks Frazer

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-06
    You are right, they have not been bred in captivity. I sure don't know nor can I find anywhere that tells me the difference between the boys and the girls. This is possibly a dumb question but can you buy two more and just hope that one is a boy watching behavior?
  • frazer - 2011-07-07
    Hello there
    I have found out that there is no sexual dimorphism between the sexes as they are hermaphroditic to the point where they choose their sex..I have bought another one today that is a little smaller than the original fish. I had to try to find a suitable partner as most of them were too small and would take to long to reach maturity plus it might end up in a fight with the other so needed it to be able to at least hold its own until I can remove it from the tank. Will keep you updated on the pairing. Fingers crossed they like each other and I don't have to catch it because to be honest that would take ages without destroying the rockwork.
  • frazer - 2011-07-11
    Well Well Well...At first when I put the angel in, the original one swam over and acted really I have not seen it do before, was all flirty and girly. Then after a little bit it went seriosly mental and started to chase the other around the tank nipping its coudal and dorsal fins. It actually actively hunted the other fish. I was worried. Then the little one decided to hide and it was seriously good at hiding. I couldn't find it and neither could the fish. Eventually I found it and decided to take it out for a little bit, put it in my sump and feed it. It wasn't bothered at all and ate quite a bit. After a bit I put it back just to watch it being chased around again. It hid then the original one stopped looking as hard for it and it started to come out. Over the next few days it started to come out a bit more and today it is swimming with the other fish and trying its hardest to be friends with the original cream angel which is tollerating it quite a lot now and letting it swim with it. There is hope for these little fish yet. I can imagine that they will pair up soon. Fingers crossed for the future of these pretty fish.
Nigel Rigby - 2006-04-20
I have had an Indian Yellow tail in my mini reef tank with a pair of true percula's. He has always been a real character and feeds greedily. However i have just introduced a splendid leopard wrasse and a purple fire fish. Unfortunately my lovely indain yellow tail has turned into a monster and has worried the purple fire fish to death - literally! He seems to tolerate the wrasse but I am being really careful; and will get the wrasse out at the first sign of trouble.

Just a warning should anyone else read this - my angel isn't one and may be a rogue, but he certainly is making this an expensive hobby.


Malachi,,The Fish Doctor - 2005-06-15
I recently brought one to cycle my 50 gal. I nickname him "CHECKERS" and i will say 1 thing about this fish,it is very hardy and eats just about anything.