Assorted Angler (Antennarius sp.) Care
The Assorted Anglers, Antennarius sp., are also known as Assorted Frogfish. These fish come from various parts of the world including The Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. They can range in color from pink to black and many shades in between. The coloring of each fish can also change to match their surroundings, a natural camouflage. These unusual fish are not active swimmers and remain still much of the time waiting for prey to come close enough to attack. They use a bait-like appendage, called the esca, to attract prey within striking distance.They use their pectoral fins like feet to move using a walking motion.
Anglers are carnivores and should be fed a diet of small feeder shrimp and fish, preferably marine species. They may eat small tankmates, including fish and inverts. They should be fed at least a couple of times a week.
They do well in smaller tanks in the 30 to 40-gallon range. In a reef tank with lots of rock work, you may never see them because they are masters of disguise.
They are considered reef safe with caution because although they will not bother coral, they may eat smaller inverts and fish.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1” to 1-1/2”
Small-Medium: 1-1/2” to 2-1/2”
Medium: 2-1/2” to 3-1/2”
Medium-Large: 3-1/2” to 4-1/2”
Large: 4-1/2” to 5-1/2”
Extra Large: 5-1/2” to 6-1/2”