Queen Angelfish, Holocanthus ciliaris, net caught in the Florida Keys. Queen angelfish are without a doubt one of the prettiest angelfish found in the Caribbean. Although they look a lot like a blue angelfish at all sizes, they tend to have more vibrant colors and seem to maintain those vibrant colors throughout their lives.
Queen angelfish will live a long time in an aquarium, and if you have a big tank, they will grow pretty big. They will eat just about anything, but there are special foods on the market that will enhance their color and balance out their diet, so I would suggest that you switch foods occasionally to keep them looking their best.
Small queens and blues will fight if kept in the same aquarium, so pick one or the other but not both. Most of the larger angelfish from the Caribbean are not considered “Reef Safe” because they pick at corals and invertebrates, so keep that in mind when you’re thinking about adding one to a tank with corals, clams, or sea anemones.
Small: 1.75 to <3 inches
Medium: 3 to <5 inches
Large: 5 to <7 inches
XL: 7 to 8 inches