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Blueface Angel-- Pomacanthus xanthometapon

The blue faced angelfish is definitely one of the most beautiful of the angelfish. It is rather hard to keep though, so it should be left to the experienced fishkeeper. It grows to a maximum of 15 inches (380 mm) in the aquarium.


Maintenance difficulty:
This fish is difficult to keep in captivity. Young specimens under 20 cm (8 inches) seem to adapt better to aquarium life than adults.

It is important that you feed angelfish all kinds of live, frozen, and prepared formula foods. Best to feed small amounts several times a day. A good formula that can be made at home consists of mussels, shrimp, squid, and spinach.

Habitat: Natural geographic location:
Found at depths from 5-20 meters (16-66 ft.)

Natural Foods:
Not found.

Social Behaviors:
The Blue-faced Angelfish is generally a solitary fish.

Sexual differences:

Light: Recommended light levels:
No special requirements.

Not accomplished in captivity. See Breeding Marine Fish page for a description of how they reproduce in the wild.

No special requirements. Normal temperatures for marine fish lies between 75 and 79 degrees.

Length/Diameter of fish:
Adults can grow to 38 cm (15 inches).

Minimum Tank Length/Size:
A minimum 100 gallon aquarium is recommended.

Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong
No special requirements.

Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom
No special requirements.

This fish is generally rarely available and is expensive.

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