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Bluemask Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Bluemask Angelfish
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The Bluemask Angel, also known as the Personifier Angelfish, has an unusual, almost blistered appearance to its body which is generally black. The face is a drab blue-green and speckled with yellow. A swatch of yellow covers the forehead and the caudal fin is also yellow and split with a blue-green band. This is one of the few species of angelfish where the males differ morphologically from the females. In this case, the males have a slightly longer body than the females.

A 100 gallon or larger tank with large quantities of live rock should be provided. Not a good reef dweller, the Bluemask Angel is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

The diet should consist of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.

Fish Facts

Name: Bluemask Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus personifer)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Western, Northern Australia

Size: Up to 14 inches

Diet: Omnivore

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

Reef Compatible: With caution

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

Minimum Tank Capacity: 100 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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