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All angler fish are carnivorous and are thus adapted for the capture of prey. Most attract prey by dangling a fleshy, bait-like appendage (the esca) in front of their heads. The appendage, which resembles a fishing pole, is attached to the end of the dorsal fin's foremost spine (the illicium), which is separated from the rest of the fin. The angler fish can catch impressively large prey since it is equipped with a jaw capable of spreading apart the thin and flexible bones and a stomach that can be heavily expanded. The combination of these features makes it possible for the angler fish to swallow and digest fish twice its own size.


Red/Orange Angler Fish
Antennarius commersoni

Picture of Red Striatus Angler Fish

Identification: The Red/Orange Angler can range from a vivid red to a deep orange color. Their body can also change color to blend so if you think someone swapped your angler fish for a different one, fear not. A good reef dweller, once eating well Anglers are a hardy aquarium member but not recommended for beginners. The easiest method to feed is with live food. The Angler will catch its meal of a small fish or invertebrate by becoming part of the surroundings and waiting for an unsuspecting meal to come by. Then they will quickly make a meal of the passer-by.

TankRecommendations: They should be housed in an aquarium of at least 55 gallons. They prefer a sand substrate and require plenty of live rock for hunting and shelter. Any tank mates that will fit into their large mouths can potentially become dinner and therefore should be avoided.

Food and diet: Anglers are predatory, ambush hunting, carnivores that mainly eat small fish and shrimp in the wild. In the aquarium they should be fed live small fish, brine shrimp, and ghost shrimp. They also can be aquarium conditioned with work to accept frozen and other prepared vitamin enriched meaty foods from a feeding stick (wiggled around near them) such as krill, silver sides, chopped crustacean flesh, bloodworms, chopped fresh fish, chopped mussels, chopped scallops, and chopped clams.

Caution: An angler may eat any small inhabitant of the aquarium (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. In fact, these fish can even swallow prey their own size! It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish.

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : With Caution since they eat shrimp and fish they can fit in their mouths. They do not touch corals.

Level of care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium 2" to 3"; Large 3" to 4"; X-Large 4" to 6"

Restriction on Guarantee: Due to the live food required to keep Anglers Fish healthy, Angler fish come with a restricted guarantee. Good for the day they arrive only.

Small$109.99 Medium $179.99
Large $269.99 XLarge $389.99

Yellow Angler Fish
Antennarius commersoni

Picture of Yellow Angler Fish

Identification: : A good reef dweller, once eating well Anglers are a hardy aquarium member but not recommended for beginners. The easiest method to feed is with live food. The Angler will catch its meal of a small fish or invertbrate by becoming part of the surroundings and waiting for an unsuspecting meal to come by. Then they will quickly make a meal of the passer-by.

TankRecommendations: They should be housed in an aquarium of at least 55 gallons. They prefer a sand substrate and require plenty of live rock for hunting and shelter. Any tank mates that will fit into their large mouths can potentially become dinner and therefore should be avoided.

Food and diet: Anglers are predatory, ambush hunting, carnivores that mainly eat small fish and shrimp in the wild. In the aquarium they should be fed live small fish, brine shrimp, and ghost shrimp. They also can be aquarium conditioned with work to accept frozen and other prepared vitamin enriched meaty foods from a feeding stick (wiggled around near them) such as krill, silver sides, chopped crustacean flesh, bloodworms, chopped fresh fish, chopped mussels, chopped scallops, and chopped clams.

Caution: An angler may eat any small inhabitant of the aquarium (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. In fact, these fish can even swallow prey their own size! It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish.

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : With Caution since they eat shrimp and fish they can fit in their mouths. They do not touch corals.

Level of care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium 2" to 3"; Large 3" to 4"; X-Large 4" to 6"

Restriction on Guarantee: Due to the live food required to keep Anglers Fish healthy, Angler fish come with a restricted guarantee. Good for the day they arrive only.

Small$59.99 Medium $79.99
Large $119.99 XLarge $159.99



Black Angler Fish
Antennarius commersoni


Picture of Black Angler Fish

Identification: :The Black Angler, which may be a jet black color or with white spots on its body in varied places. Angler Fish easily blend with their surroundings by using its chameleon like abilities to change color tones to be more like the surroundings they are close to. A good reef dweller, once eating well Anglers are a hardy aquarium member but not recommended for beginners. The easiest method to feed is with live food. The Angler will catch its meal of a small fish or invertebrate by becoming part of the surroundings and waiting for an unsuspecting meal to come by. Then they will quickly make a meal of the passer-by.

TankRecommendations: They should be housed in an aquarium of at least 55 gallons. They prefer a sand substrate and require plenty of live rock for hunting and shelter. Any tank mates that will fit into their large mouths can potentially become dinner and therefore should be avoided.

Food and diet: Anglers are predatory, ambush hunting, carnivores that mainly eat small fish and shrimp in the wild. In the aquarium they should be fed live small fish, brine shrimp, and ghost shrimp. They also can be aquarium conditioned with work to accept frozen and other prepared vitamin enriched meaty foods from a feeding stick (wiggled around near them) such as krill, silver sides, chopped crustacean flesh, bloodworms, chopped fresh fish, chopped mussels, chopped scallops, and chopped clams.

Caution: An angler may eat any small inhabitant of the aquarium (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. In fact, these fish can even swallow prey their own size! It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish.

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : With Caution since they eat shrimp and fish they can fit in their mouths. They do not touch corals.

Level of care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium 2" to 3"; Large 3" to 4"; X-Large 4" to 6"

Restriction on Guarantee: Due to the live food required to keep Anglers Fish healthy, Angler fish come with a restricted guarantee. Good for the day they arrive only.

Small$59.99 Medium $79.99
Large $119.99 XLarge $159.99


Striated Angler Fish
Antennarius striatus

Picture of Striated Angler Fish
Identification: :The Striated Anglerfish, also known as the Striped Angler have unusual body artwork and earthtone colorations. It easily will blend with their surroundings by using its chameleon like abilities to change color tones to be more like the surroundings they are close to. A good reef dweller, once eating well Anglers are a hardy aquarium member but not recommended for beginners. The easiest method to feed is with live food. The Angler will catch its meal of a small fish or invertbrate by becoming part of the surroundings and waiting for an unsuspecting meal to come by. Then they will quickly make a meal of the passerby.

TankRecommendations: They should be housed in an aquarium of at least 55 gallons. They prefer a sand substrate and require plenty of live rock for hunting and shelter. Any tank mates that will fit into their large mouths can potentially become dinner and therefore should be avoided.

Food and diet: Anglers are predatory, ambush hunting, carnivores that mainly eat small fish and shrimp in the wild. In the aquarium they should be fed live small fish, brine shrimp, and ghost shrimp. They also can be aquarium conditioned with work to accept frozen and other prepared vitamin enriched meaty foods from a feeding stick (wiggled around near them) such as krill, silver sides, chopped crustacean flesh, bloodworms, chopped fresh fish, chopped mussels, chopped scallops, and chopped clams.

Caution: An angler may eat any small inhabitant of the aquarium (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. In fact, these fish can even swallow prey their own size! It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish.

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : With Caution since they eat shrimp and fish they can fit in their mouths. They do not touch corals.

Level of care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium 2" to 3"; Large 3" to 4"; X-Large 4" to 6"

Restriction on Guarantee: Due to the live food required to keep Anglers Fish healthy, Angler fish come with a restricted guarantee. Good for the day they arrive only.

Small$59.99 Medium $79.99
Large $119.99 XLarge $159.99


Wartskin Angler Fish

Antennarius maculatus

Picture Wartskin Angler Fish

Identification: : The Wartskin Anglers color vary, all being very beautiful. A native to the various reefs in the west Indo-Pacific, they are also referred to as the Wartskin Frogfish as well as the Clown Frogfish. Wartskin Anglers are very interesting to observe. Like all anglers the wartskin colors change to imitate their surroundings. The term wartskin comes from bumps or "warts" on the anglerfish body. As the female wartskin proceeds to wiggle their modified spine (illicium) and "fish" with their lure like appendage (esca) at its tip. They eventually entice a small fish or other live prey to get close enough for them to spring an ambush and devour their prize. Wartskin Anglers are relatively peaceful with tank mates that will not fit into their large mouths. Wartskin Anglers grow to a maximum length of 6 to 7 inches in the wild, smaller in an aquarium.

TankRecommendations: They should be housed in an aquarium of at least 55 gallons. They prefer a sand substrate and require plenty of live rock for hunting and shelter. Any tank mates that will fit into their large mouths can potentially become dinner and therefore should be avoided.

Food and diet: Anglers are predatory, ambush hunting, carnivores that mainly eat small fish and shrimp in the wild. In the aquarium they should be fed live small fish, brine shrimp, and ghost shrimp. They also can be aquarium conditioned with work to accept frozen and other prepared vitamin enriched meaty foods from a feeding stick (wiggled around near them) such as krill, silver sides, chopped crustacean flesh, bloodworms, chopped fresh fish, chopped mussels, chopped scallops, and chopped clams.

Caution: An angler may eat any small inhabitant of the aquarium (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. In fact, these fish can even swallow prey their own size! It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish.

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : With Caution since they eat shrimp and fish they can fit in their mouths. They do not touch corals.

Level of care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Tiny: 3/4" to 1-1/4" Small: 1-1/4" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3" Large: 3" to 4"; X-Large 4" to 6"

Restriction on Guarantee: Due to the live food required to keep Anglers Fish healthy, Angler fish come with a restricted guarantee. Good for the day they arrive only.

Tiny$119.99 Small$129.99 Medium $179.99
Large $269.99 XLarge $389.99

Assorted Leaf Fish
Taenianotus triacanthus

Picture of Assorted Leaf Fish


Identification: :Widespread from the east African coast to the tropical Indo Pacific. The Leaf Fish will grow to about 4 inches long. Their color varies from yellow, green, red, pink, to a ghostly white. The leaf fish does carry venom but it is considerably weaker than that of the lionfish. The Leaf Fish resembles a dead leaf lying in the water. To enhance its camouflage, it even makes gentle sideways movements in its pelvic area which make it resemble a drifting inert object. It is an ambush predator, waiting until suitable prey, a small fish or shrimp approaches. Then it slowly moves with its pectoral fins close to the victim. When the leaf fish is close enough, the prey is sucked in by a sudden opening of its mouth.

TankRecommendations: They require large amounts of live rock in a 30 gallon or larger aquarium. These fish are very inactive, but make sure to provide a suitable sized aquarium for them as they grow to full size.

Food and diet: When first introduced into the aquarium, live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. For a good diet they need to be feed feeder fish and shrimp.

Caution: Leaf Fish may eat any small inhabitant of the aquarium (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. In fact, these fish can even swallow prey their own size! It will accept most meaty meals including feeder fish.

Acclimaton Time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility : With Caution since they eat shrimp and fish they can fit in their mouths. They do not touch corals.

Level of care: Moderate

Approximate Purchase Size: Small; 1-1/2" to 2" Medium; 2" to 3" Large; 3" to 4"

Restriction on Guarantee: Due to the live food required to keep Anglers Fish healthy, Angler fish come with a restricted guarantee. Good for the day they arrive only.

Small$49.99 Medium $64.99 Large $84.99







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*Guarantee Restriction: All of our livestock are guaranteed. However for one or more of these species, they may be marked with a guarantee restriction. If it does, it means the specific animal may not handle stress from environmental conditions well. These stresses can include poor water quality, harassment from tank mates or confined aquarium conditions. When stressed, these species can lose the ability to ward off infection and disease. Other species may be listed as Restricted because they have such specialized feeding requirements that is difficult recreate in a aquarium and may succumb to malnutrition.