Genicanthus bellus also known as Ornate Angelfish or Bellus Angelfish is a peaceful, smart and hardy fish to found in the eastern Indian Ocean from Cocos Keeling to the Philippines, Palau, Guam, Cook Island and the Society Islands in French Polynesia, Mariana and Marshall Islands. Recently reported from Tonga Island. Inhabits outer reef slopes and drop-offs at depths of 50 to 100 m.
Ornate Angelfish males as they mature are indistinguishable from females; overall light gray with two golden orange bands, one mid-laterally and the other over the back, borders of tail are blue. The female Ornate Angel has a light grey body with a curved black marking extending from the gill to the end of the tail. It has a second curved black marking extending from the gill through the dorsal fin. She also has a curved blue patch behind the pectoral fin and a black bar that extends above her eyes. The dorsal and anal fins are edged in red.
Genicanthus bellus feeds on plankton, crustaceans, and macro algae in the wild. Feed prepared and frozen foods in captivity, as well as providing live rock to graze upon.
Most angelfish are not known as reef-safe, angels from the genus Genicanthus will leave your corals and sessile invertebrates alone. There are not many angelfish appropriate for the reef tank, but, of the ones that are, the Bellus Angelfish is one of the best.
Classification: Biota > Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Vertebrata (Subphylum) > Gnathostomata (Superclass) > Pisces (Superclass) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Pomacanthidae (Family) > Genicanthus (Genus) > Genicanthus bellus (Species)