Photos of Large Marine Angelfish

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    Juvenile Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon)

    Juvenile Blueface Angelfish
    Juvenile Blueface Angelfish. Grahame Epps

     The Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon) is a beautiful fish for the more experienced aquarist, it should be provided with plenty of space to swim as well as hiding places. An aquarium of at least 250 gallons should be provided for this fish. This fish will be shy at first, but will expose itself more over time if it is not bullied by its tank mates.


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    Sub Adult Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon)

    Sub Adult Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon)
    Sub Adult Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon). Steve Mak

    Also known as the Yellowfaced Angelfish and Yellow Mask Angelfish, the Blueface Angel is found in the Indo Pacific Ocean from Maldives to Vanuatu then northward to the Yaeyama Islands and it is also found in Palau and Krosae in Micronesia.

    Thinking about adding the Blueface Angelfish to your tank? See the Saltwater Aquarium Fish Compatibility Chart.


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  • 03 of 10

    Adult Blueface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon)

    Blueface or Yellowface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon)
    Blueface or Yellowface Angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon). Keoki and Yuko Stender

     Unlike the general rule with other angelfishes that very small or very large individuals adapt more readily to aquarium life, a large juvenile or sub-adult specimen is a better choice when it comes to choosing a Blue Angelfish. The upside of keeping this fish is that it is a rather hardy and colorful species. The downside is its highly aggressive nature and size.

    The Blueface Angelfish  (Pomacanthus xanthometopon) is a large species angelfish that grows up to 15 inches.

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    Juvenile Emperor Anglefish (Pomacanthus imperator)

    Emperor Anglefish (Pomacanthus imperator) Juvenile
    Emperor Anglefish (Pomacanthus imperator) Juvenile. Gerri Schmeck

     This Emperor Anglefish (Pomacanthus imperator) is in its juvenile phase and is shown being cleaned of parasites by a Pacific Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis).

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    Adult Emperor Anglefish (Pomacanthus imperator)

    Adult Emperor Anglefish (Pomacanthus imperator)
    Adult Emperor Anglefish (Pomacanthus imperator). Andy Burnell

     The Emperor Angelfish requires a 225 gallon or larger tank with live rock for grazing and concealment where it can feel safe. This fish will nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

    Also known as the Imperator Angelfish and Imperial Angelfish, this fish is found in the Indo Pacific Ocean from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Hawaiian Islands, Line Islands and Tuamoto Islands. They can then be found from Southern Japan then south to the Great Barrier Reef, New Caledonia and Austral Islands.

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    French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)

    French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)
    French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru). Keoki and Yuko Stender

    The French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) attains a length of 1'3" when it is full grown and tends to dominate whatever tank (a tank of at least 250 gallons is recommended) it occupies. Like most large Angelfish, it will nip at both large and small polyp corals as well as clam mantles. The French Angelfish is quite durable and has a great personality.

    The French Angelfish is a great choice for both beginners and advanced marine enthusiasts. It will tolerant of a wide range of aquarium conditions and is disease resistant.

    It is found in the Western and Central Atlantic Ocean; in the Florida area of the USA, from the Bahamas to Brazil, and the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. In the Bermudas the species was introduced. In the Eastern Atlantic it is found off of Ascension Island and St. Paul’s Rocks.



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    Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)

    Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus)
    Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus). Keoki and Yuko Stender

    Gray Angelfish (Pomacanthus arcuatus) attains a length of about 1'8" when it is full grown. In the wild, they are found in tropical waters in the Western Atlantic from the northeastern USA south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They are also found in the Bahamas, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean.

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  • 08 of 10

    Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus)

    Juvenile Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus)
    Juvenile Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus). Frank Santiago

    The Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus) is also known as the 

    Semicircular Angelfish or Half-circled Angelfish and  will grow to 1'3" when full grown. The Passer Angelfish pictured above is in the process of changing from a juvenile to an adult.




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  • 09 of 10

    Sub-adult Passer/King Angelfish (Holacanthus passer)

    Passer/King Angelfish (Sub-Adult)
    Passer/King Angelfish (Sub-Adult). Keoki and Yuko Stender

    This sub-adult Passer/King Angelfish (Holacanthus passer) will grow to a length of about 1'2" when it is full grown.

    Passer/King Angelfish are found in the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean in the middle and lower Gulf of California south to Peru, as well as the Galapagos Islands. They are typically found in waters between 3 and 40 feet i the wild, but have occasionally been seen as deep as 260 feet.

    The Passer has a specialized diet of sponges and thus can be difficult to keep in an aquarium. They also require a large aquarium of 250 gallons or more.


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    Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)

    Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)
    Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris). F. Toomey

    The Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) will reach a length of about 1'6" when full grown.

    The Queen Angelfish is found in the tropical west Atlantic Ocean around the entire coast of Florida, the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil and in the Eastern Central Atlantic at St. Paul’s Rocks.