Assorted Angler - Antennarius species The Assorted Anglers can range in color from tan to gray to brown. Their body can also change color to blend with the surrounding environment over time. They require large amounts of live rock in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with plenty of places to hide and swim. These fishes do not cause any harm to corals and are moderate to care. The Assorted Angler may act peacefully toward other fish. The Assorted Anglerfish are less colorful than Colored Anglers. An Assorted Anglers are small fishes with large globose heads. They can be distinguished from other anglerfishes by the three extended dorsal fin spines on their heads. They are mostly bottom-dwelling fishes that are well camouflaged; they employ the first dorsal spine as a fishing lure to attract prey. An Assorted Anglerfish has a head of enormous size, broad, flat and depressed, with the remainder of the body appearing merely like an appendage. Maximum Size:
An Assorted Angler can grow up to maximum of five inches. General Size Specifications:
The small size will come to you generally 1 to 2 inches; the medium generally 2 to 3 inches; the large generally 3 to 5 inches. They make excellent compatibility with reef aquarium. Minimum Tank Size Suggested:
An Assorted Angler prefers a tank of over 30 gallons Water Conditions:
Considerably high quality water with minimum temperature ranging between 72ÁF and 78ÁF, minimum pH of 8.1 and specific gravity carrying between 1.020 and 1.025 is required for Assorted anglerfish species.. The maximum pH that can be tolerated is 8.4. Habitat:
The Assorted Anglerfish species are found in Indo-Pacific region Feeding and Diet:
An Assorted Anglerfish are gluttons and will eat any tankmate that will fit in their mouths, including those equal or even slightly greater in length. The Assorted Anglerfish will even eat venomous fishes. Some specimens can be trained to take pieces of seafood off of a feeding stick, but live food is often necessary to induce a feeding response. They will also eat ornamental shrimp. Do not keep any angler with curious fishes such as triggerfish or large type wrasses, as this fish will pick at the angler as if it were food. When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice an Assorted Anglerfish to eat. An Assorted Angler may eat any small inhabitant of the tank (crustacean or fish) that is lured into its mouth with the use of an esca (modified first dorsal spine) that looks like a small, tasty fish. It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish and shrimp. Breeding:
An Assorted Anglerfish have a unique mating method. Since individuals are rare and encounters doubly so, finding a mate is a problem, especially at a time when both individuals are ready to spawn. The mating process for the Assorted Anglerfish is very difficult.When a male hatches, it is equipped with extremely well developed olfactory organs that detect scents in the water. They have no digestive system, and thus are unable to feed independently. They must find a female and quickly, or else they will die. When the male Assorted Anglerfish finds a female, he bites into her flank, and releases an enzyme which digests the skin of his mouth and her body, fusing the pair down to the blood vessel level. The male then atrophies into nothing more than a pair of gonads that release sperm in response to hormones in the female's bloodstream indicating egg release.