Six Bar Angelfish (Pomacanthus sexstriatus)

Care Level: Moderate
Behavior: Semi-Aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Max Size: Up to 1'6"
Diet: Omnivore

Six Bar Angelfish (Pomacanthus sexstriatus)


The Six Bar Angelfish, otherwise known as the Six Striped or Sixbanded Angelfish, are named for their looks. They are tan in body, with five dark brown vertical stripes and one white vertical stripe placed behind the eye. Although these fish have a very earthy palette, they do have a pop of color across their caudal, dorsal, and pectoral fins. They are spotted and trimmed with a bright blue; the same blue that lines the edges of their lips.


It is best to house these angelfish in a 220 gallon or larger tank due to their size. They require live rock for grazing and many places to hide. It is also best to note that they are not good reef dwellers, so they are prone to nipping at clam mantles and soft and stony corals (sessile invertebrates).


Their diet should include: high-quality angelfish preparations, spirulina, marine algae, and meaty foods such as mysis and frozen shrimp. They should be fed at least three times a day.

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