Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Max Size: Up to 15"
Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon)
The Blueface Angelfish, otherwise known as the Yellowmask Angelfish, will change color. As juveniles, their bodies are covered with alternating stripes. These vertical stripes are black, white, and sapphire blue.
Once they reach adulthood, their coloration shifts, and their bodies are dressed with light yellow and blue scales. Their faces are mottled-blue with a yellow mask that extends across their eyes, and they also have a blackish-blue eyespot on the caudal end of their dorsal fins.
The best living quarters for the Blueface Angelfish would be a 220 gallon tank or larger with many hideaways and large amounts of live rock for grazing. These fish are not the best reef dwellers. They tend to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles). It is best to keep the Blueface Angelfish as the only angelfish in the tank, for they are territorial in nature and tend to bully other angelfish. Regardless, they can be tankmates with other types of fish.
The diet of a Blueface Angelfish should include: Spirulina, marine algae, mysis or frozen shrimp, high-quality angelfish preparations, and other meaty foods. They should be fed at least three times a day.