Blue Face Angel, Large Saltwater Angelfish for Aquariums
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Although the Majestic Angelfish is one of the smaller "large" angelfish, it still requires an aquarium of at least 90 gallons to comfortably grow into an adult. A 135 gallon or larger aquarium is necessary to keep an adult pair. They're best maintained in reef aquariums or "reef-type" aquariums. By "reef-type" aquarium I mean one that is decorated with live rock and maintained as if it housed a compliment of corals. Temperature, salinity and alkalinity should all be kept at natural reef levels. These are sometimes called FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) aquariums. Although lighting is not critical, again I'd recommend reef-type lighting. Majestic Angels maintained under dim lighting in sparsely decorated or "sterile" aquariums often develop HLLE (Head and Lateral Line Erosion). Substrate in a Majestic Angelfish aquarium is optional, but personally I like a two-inch deep bed of calcium-based sand for it's aesthetic value and because it helps foster the growth of small life-forms that add nutritional value to the aquarium.
Majestic Angelfish are generally not picky eaters but can sometimes be difficult to get started eating in the aquarium, especially larger adults. If necessary, use live brine shrimp on a temporary basis to entice them to eat. Frozen Mysis shrimp may also stimulate their appetites and makes a good staple food. Clams on the half shell are very tempting, as well as red macroalgae secured by a clip or attached by rubberband to a rock. Angelfish are used to eating sponges and other encrusting invertebrates, so this is a nutritious and natural-appearing food item.
my large adult queen angelfish with streamers in my 150
Emmens, Cliff W. 1983. Large Pacific angelfishes. TFH3/83.
The Queen Angelfish is found on the coral reefs of the Western Atlantic Ocean. The Queen Angelfish is usually found alone or sometimes as a pair. These queen angelfish can get quite large, up to 18 inches (45 cm) and are not recommended for the saltwater beginner simply because most folks don't have a large enough tank to keep them in. You would need at least a 200 gallon tank to adequately care for them!These are some of the larger saltwater angelfish that are sought after by saltwater hobbyists. These saltwater angelfish get quite large, easily over a foot in length and they can be very territorial. Obviously you need a very large tank to adequately keep them and it's wise to introduce them last to limit any aggression with the other fish already in your LARGE aquarium.They can be relatively hardy once acclimated into a well established, large tank that is 6 months or older. Since this fish is quite expensive (approximately $80 - $200 USD) you don't want to add them to a new tank going through the nitrogen cycle or one without sufficient amounts of live rock. Live rock may provide grazing opportunities for them in between meals as well as hiding places to help make them feel more secure. Don't plan on keeping multiple Queens in the same tank or territorial aggression may ensue. They may also pick fights with other saltwater angelfish species, but that may be less likely. Be prepared to separate them if necessary. just can't resist experimenting with angelfish in my reef aquariums. I was in Florida recently for a speaking engagement and had a chance to visit a number of private reef aquariums in the Ft. Lauderdale area. There must be more large angelfish in reef aquariums in this area than any other place in the country. It seemed that every reef aquarium contained at least one or more angelfish. When I came back to New York I got the itch again to add another angelfish to my reef aquarium. I knew it would be one of the Pomacanthus angels, but which one? I narrowed my choices down to the Emperor Angelfish (P. imperator), Blue-Faced Angelfish (P. xanthometopon) and Majestic Angelfish (P. navarchus). They all can be kept in reef aquariums with some limitations. Based upon my past experiences and observations, I determined that the Majestic Angelfish was the safest choice. It's the only Pomacanthus angelfish that I've repeatedly witnessed co-existing with LPS (Large-Polyped Stony) corals and clams, as well as with many soft corals, such as Xenia and Zoanthids. I have a wide selection of corals and clams in my largest reef aquarium, so if an angelfish is prone to pick at a particular coral, it can probably find it in this aquarium. And I was prepared to remove a coral or two from the aquarium, if the angelfish took a liking to it. If my aquarium was limited to strictly SPS (Small-Polyped Stony) corals, then I would have had a wider choice in angelfish. Most of the Pomacanthus angels do well in SPS coral reef aquariums. The Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) is a favorite with reef aquarists keeping SPS coral tanks.