Blueface Angelfish

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Pomacanthus xanthometopon - (Bleeker, 1853)
Blueface Angelfish

Makes a grunting sound when upset. Scott W. Michael

[edit] Overview

The Blueface Angelfish is a vividly colorful fish, moderately hardy and recommended only to experienced aquarist and those with an adequately large system. It requires plenty of swimming space and numerous caves and hiding places in large aquarium.

It is often shy initially, but if not bullied by tankmates or kept in high-traffic area it will become a bolder, more showy member of the aquarium community.

Family: Pomacanthidae

Other common name(s):

  • Yellowface Angelfish

Native range:

Habitat: The Blueface Angelfish is found in coral-rich habitats, on fringing reefs, on lagoon patch reefs, in channels, and on outer-reef faces and slopes. In the aquarium, it must have live rock structure offering bolt holes and hiding places that offer a sense of security.

Maximum length: 38 cm (15 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 513 L (136 gal)

Water: Marine 24 °C (297 K, 75 °F) - 28 °C (301 K, 82 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.

[edit] Feeding

Adults in the wild feed heavily on sponges and tunicates. Live enriched adult brine shrimp, Tubifex worms, and Mysis shrimp can be used to get a new specimen to start feeding. Offer a varied diet with sponge-containing marine angelfish rations.

[edit] Aquarium Compatibility

Less aggressive than many other large angelfishes, but it may pick on smaller angelfishes or more docile tankmates, especially in crowded quarters. Not a reef-save fish, it may graze on mushroom polyps, sea anemones, and Tridacna spp. clams. It may be kept with some unappetizing soft corals, such as Sinularia and Cladiella, and with small-polyp stony corals, although most angelfishes will occasionally nip at anything resembling a tempting polyp.

[edit] Breeding/Propagation

Pelagic spawner with pelagic eggs and larvae.

[edit] Notes

Has been reported to live more than 21 years in the aquarium, and adults will make a grunting sound when upset.

Reference: Reef Fishes Volume 3
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM
Facts about Blueface AngelfishRDF feed
Common name Blueface Angelfish  +, and Yellowface Angelfish  +
Family Pomacanthidae  +
Genus Pomacanthus  +
Image credit SWM  +
Maximum length 15 in  +
Minimum aquarium size 136 gal  +
Native range Indo-Pacific  +, Maldives  +, Vanuatu  +, Caroline Islands  +, Ryukyu Islands  +, and Australia  +
Reference Reef Fishes Volume 3  +
Specific name xanthometopon  +
Swimming level All levels.  +
Text credit SWM  +
Water max temp 301 K (28 °C, 82 °F)  +
Water min temp 297 K (24 °C, 75 °F)  +
Water type Marine  +