Care Level: Cycled Tank
Reef Safe: Usually
Suggested Tank Size:75+
The swallowtail angelfish is a member of the lyretail angelfish genus (Genicanthus spp.), named for the shape of their tails, which resembles a U-shaped harp instrument called a lyre. The swallowtail species is specifically named for its tails' butterfly-like appearance.
Tails aside, the swallowtail is unique among angelfish species in that it does not pick food out of coral crevices, making it suitable for reef tanks because it will not destroy the coral. This angelfish can get up to seven inches long and prefers a lot of swimming space.