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Bluegirdled Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluegirdled Angelfish
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The Bluegirdled Angelfish, also known as the Majestic Angelfish, has yellow scales with blue margins and a dark blue band, or girdle, that covers the face and extends backward. The girdle is highlighted with neon blue margins.

While somewhat shy, this angel is one of the easier angelfish to keep. It requires a tank of 75 gallons or more with multiple hiding places and live rock for grazing. The Bluegirdled Angelfish is not a good reef dweller, being prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. It generally will not harm small-polyped stony corals and somewhat noxious soft corals.

The diet of the Bluegirdled Angelfish should include vegetable matter such as Spirulina and marine algae, meaty items such as mysid shrimp, and high-quality angelfish preparations containing sponges.

Fish Facts

Name: Bluegirdled Angelfish (Euxiphipops navarchus, Pomacanthus navarchus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans

Size: Up to 12 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Condaitions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 75 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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