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Maximum size... 3/4/10
Hello, I would like to get Bob's take on this question I have. Bob, it states in the profile of the Scribbled Angel that this particular fish grows up to 12" in the wild.
Approximately how large will this fish grow in captivity.....on average?
Thank you
<I have seen some ten inch individuals in captivity... but six to seven inchers (standard length) are about an average maximum. BobF> 
Re: Maximum size... Chaetodontoplus -- 03/05/10

Hello, I am not sure I understand what exactly this means? Can you elaborate?
<...? Re? Standard length vs. overall length? Basically a fisheries term... from the snout/end of mouth/head to the end of the bones that make up the base of the tail/caudal (the hypurals). See the Net: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fish_measurement
Re: Maximum size... -- 03/05/10
I understand that part of it. My question was how large this angel gets in captivity? You state that the Annularis on average in captivity gets about 8". And several other angels listed in your book and WWM say for example "this angel grow to about a foot in captivity", so on and so forth. So on average, how large does the Scribbled angel get in captivity?
Thanks for replying and answering my questions Bob
<Mate... I already replied directly to you re this. Please see WWM's dailies if you can't otherwise find. B>

Question about false personifer, sel., beh.    8/27/09
Hey there Crew, it's Grant from Alaska asking questions again.
<Hello Grant>
I've ordered a small false personifer, it will be somewhere in the 2"-2.5" range.
<Wow; this is small>

I have tried a large scribbled angel before which I know is relatively similar to a false personifer and I had issues with it not adapting to captivity well, so I'm trying a small version of it this time.
<Understood, and agreed; though 3-4 overall inches is more to my liking>
I've read pretty much all there is to read about care for the angels and I have experience with keeping angels in my display, but my question is about sexing the fish. Coming in at under 2.5" makes me think the fish will definitely be female with a chance of changing to male. Do you know if pretty much all angels, if started in the tank small enough, will change to male over time due to the lack of another male of their species being in the system?
<Most all do>
I have a small flame angel harem (4 of them) in my 210 and one definitely changed to male while the rest are female, which is exactly what I wanted.
I know that if the male died, the most dominant female would start getting a 6 o'clock shadow and eventually turn male. Does that same theory apply to single false personifers?
<Yes; all Pomacanthids as far as I'm aware>
If so, it would lead me to believe that given time, the 2.5" fish would eventually be a male in my tank.
<In time, yes>
I guess what I'm really getting at is I want to end up with a male false personifer without paying $400 for one and having to get it at the 5-6" range. Do I pretty much just have a 50/50 chance that it will be male, or
will keeping it as the sole false personifer in the tank up my chances highly of it becoming a male?
<Are protogynous hermaphrodites... BobF>

Singapore Angel Fish's eye turned bright blue >Hi, I bought a Singapore Angel Fish about 4 weeks ago.  For the first week it would not eat.  After the first week it started eating and now acts perfectly normal and eats very readily.  However over the past week I have noticed that one of his eyes has swelled up a little bit and turned blue.  I was wondering if you could give me any type of advice as to what to do.  Thanks, John >>While I'm not familiar with color changes as you've described, I think it's safe to say that it is very possible he scraped or otherwise injured the eye.  If you're not doing so now, get some Selcon and begin soaking his food in it.  Nutrition and excellent water quality are a fish's best friend, so address those issues first.  Also, go to our home page to the Google bar and try either "injured eye" or "exophthalmia".  We have very extensive FAQ's on the subject.  Good luck!  Marina

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