Updated August 5, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon) is also known as the yellow face angelfish and is found in the Indo Pacific at depths of 5 to 25 meters near reefs and caves.
They will need at least a 220 gallon tank or larger with lots of live rock for them to graze on. Some hobbyists have found it difficult to get them eating some of the more common aquarium foods like pellets. There are frozen marine angelfish cube packs made now that can be offered and they have a high concentration of foods eaten by marine angelfish.
If you have the right tank setup and the funds to get one, be prepared to spend upwards of $130 or more for one of these beauties!
Blue Face Angelfish Care
Scientific Name : Pomacanthus xanthometopon
Common Names : Yellowface Angelfish
Care Level : Moderate, needs a big tank, sponge eater. It might be difficult to get them eating.
Size : Up to 15 inches (38 cm)
Life span : 10 years or longer
Water Parameters : normal saltwater parameters - pH 8.1 - 8.4 | Temperature 72°F - 76°F (22°C - 24°C) | SG 1.020 - 1.025 | dKH 8 - 12°
Origin / Habitat : Indo-Pacific, 5 to 25 meters, near caves and reefs
Reef Tank Safe? No - may nip at LPS, SPS and clam mantles.
Temperament / Behavior : May fight with other angelfish
Breeding : Open water egg scatterers. No reports of breeding in the home aquarium.
Aquarium Size : 220 gallon (832 liters) minimum
Tank Mates : Other large fish species. Will fight with other saltwater angelfish.
Diet / Foods : In the wild they eat sponges, tunicates and other encrusting organisms. In the home aquarium make sure there is plenty of live rock for them to graze on and there are frozen marine angelfish foods you can give them as a main diet.
Tank Region : All over the aquarium.
Gender : No external male/female differences
Forum : Saltwater Angelfish Forum
Photo Credit : Photos copyright JJPhoto.dk
Michael, S. W. (2001). Marine Fishes, 500+ Essential to Know Aquarium Species. T.F.H. Publications.
"Pomacanthus xanthometopon". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. November 2005 version.
Michael, S. W. (2004) Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes. T.F.H. Publications
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