Multibar Angelfish Anyone seen these in SA?

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  1. Mc

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    Hi All.

    I have seen this fish in tanks and LFS over seas, and I was wondering if anyone has kept one or even seen one in SA. I really want one.:biggrin:

    Multibar Angelfish (Paracentropyge multifasciata)


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    There has been a few in the country. Mainly from one supplier. But their survival rate is very bad from what I can remember. Not sure how many survivors there are currently.
     
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    Maybe @Yuri would be able to help you, he is the Angel guru in PTA.
     
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    Thanks Paul.
     
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    They were and maybe still are on the regular lists from the normal suppliers...have had 3 come into east London over the years but none even made it out of the LFS if I remember right.

    They do generally have a poor survival rate, but there are a couple of ppl who kept them for some time successfully...think it was AOR and Marlin Fischer, Achilles and Midasblenny if memory serves me right.

    Have always been one of my fav angels, but as I said ones that have cOme in have never lived so never tried one myself.
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    If you google the scientific name you will see there's a lot of threads on other reef forums saying these fish are cyanide caught. Not sure if that still applies today as those threads are a good couple of years old.
     
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    Sounds like they are not the best option then.
    Thats really a shame.
     
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    unfortunatley still no good proven track record in captivity but only a limited few people have had success.....
     
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    I tried a Paracentropyge Venustus recently. Petshop gave it to me, as it would not eat in their systems. I too could not get it to eat, it just wilted away in my tank.
    All the literature shows them very hard to keep, pity that they eventually still end up in the petshops.
     
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    There are two main reasons why these have poor survival rates.

    1. Generally a long shipping route from catching to landing in SA. By the time they arrive here they are extremely stressed and they are then difficult to get to feed.

    2. They are a deep water sub-species and don't like well lit tanks so not a good candidate for the average reef tank. Most are placed in well lit tanks and don't do well.

    If you use an LFS who is experienced in bringing this type of fish into SA and who uses a reliable supplier with a short supply route then that's half the battle won. Next is to place them into a dimly lit QT with good hiding places to bring their stress levels down. Last step is getting them to feed as quickly as possible and this is best done in QT. Try as many different foods as possible as you only need to start them off on one to start building up their strength.

    Not a fish for the inexperienced and only worth it if you are willing to see to their individual needs.
     
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