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Yellow Headed Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Yellow Headed Angelfish
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The Yellowheaded Angelfish is also known as the Orange-Faced Angelfish. The head is orange with greenish-blue wavy stripes. Moving from head to tail, the body becomes progressively darker brown.

The Yellowheaded Angelfish should be housed in a 55 gallon or larger tank with numerous hiding places and large amounts of live rock for grazing. Not a good reef dweller, the Orange-Faced Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

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

Like other large angelfish, they are generally compatible with: Dwarf Angelfish, Anglers & Frogfish, Anthias, Basslets, Batfish, Blennies, Boxfish, Butterflyfish, Clownfish, Damselfish, Eels, Goatfish, Groupers, Grunts & Sweetlips, Hawkfish, Hogfish, Lionfish & Scorpionfish, Parrotfish, Puffers, Squirrelfish, Tangs & Surgeons and Wrasse.

Fish Facts

Name: Yellow Headed Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus chrysocephalus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Western Pacific; Japan to Indonesia

Size: Up to 9 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: 55 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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