Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: No
General Description: The Blueface Angel, also sometimes referred to as Yellowface, or Yellowmask Angelfish, is found widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific and like many other large angels, the juvenile and adult forms differ greatly in appearance. Juvenile Blueface angels have alternating black, white, and blue striping typical of juvenile Pomacanthus and will transition from this pattern to its adult form of a mottled blue face with yellow and blue scales as it grows. Juveniles seem to acclimate more readily to aquarium life than adults. Adults can reach a length of 12 inches.
Diet Requirements: The diet should consist of Spirulina, Chlorella, marine sheet algae, high-quality angelfish preparations with sponge, mysis or frozen shrimp, and/or a high quality marine flake for optimal health, color, and longevity. It should be fed at least three times daily, as multiple small feedings per day help to mimic their natural grazing behaviors.
Care Requirements: A minimum tank size of 125 gallons is recommended for an adult with an abundance of live rock to graze on and to hide within is important for the Blueface angel to thrive. They are best kept as the only angel in the aquarium, as they will likely show aggression toward others. The Blueface angel is not recommended in reef aquariums as they will nip at large polyp stony corals, soft corals, and clams. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Juvenile Small: 1″ to 2″; Medium: 2-1/4″ to 3-1/2″; Large: 3-3/4″ to 4-1/2″; Adult Small: 2-1/4″ to 3-1/4; Medium: 3-1/2″ to 4-1/2″; Large: 4-3/4″ to 5-3/4″; XLarge: 6″ or larger.
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.