The Majestic Blueface Angel

Blueface Angel
picture courtesy of Aquatic Dreams

Blueface Angel – – Pomacanthus xanthometopon

Care Level:  Intermediate

Diet:  Omnivore

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Reef Safe:  With caution

Minimum Tank Size:  250 gallons

One of the more vividly colored large angels, the Blueface Angel is remarkable in its juvenile and adult colors.  The juvenile version has similar colors to the juvenile Emperor Angelfish.  The adult has a blue face with a yellow mask followed by blue outlines and a yellow tail.

Even in a large tank, the Blueface Angel is best kept as the only angelfish. It becomes extremely territorial if its the largest fish in the tank.  The Blueface Angel grows to around 15 inches and is likely to be the largest fish in all but the largest of tanks.  A minimum 250 gallon aquarium with a large supply of live rock from hiding and grazing is necessary.

Like all angelfish, the Blueface will readily accept meaty foods, however a diet consisting of plant matter is essential for optimum health.  Spirulina is a great choice for this species as well as Nori seaweed and quality angelfish specialty preparations.  Their diet can also vary with occasional feedings of Mysis Shrimp, clams and other meaty items.  This species does well when fed small amounts at least 3 times per day.

Similar to most angelfish, the Blueface Angel is prone to nipping at sessile inverts.  Both stony and soft corals as well as clams might be subject to nipping.

Not terribly demanding, the Blueface Angel requires standard water parameters.  A temperature of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit with a PH of 8.1-8.4 will suffice.  Alkalinity should be kept between 8-12 with a Specific Gravity of close to 1.025.

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Their personality mirrors their exemplary beauty. While some specimens may be shy at first, over time they may mimic the behavior of a beloved pet, allowing for head scratching and accepting food from an owners hand.

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