Blue Angelfish (Holacanthus bermudensis)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Gulf of Mexico, Western Atalantic Ocean
Depth: 3 to 302 ft. Size: 14.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Sponges, algae
Natural History: The Blue Angelfish is found in reef channels, canals, reef faces and rock outcrops along coastal zones. It is often associated with areas rich in sponges and gorgonians. Juveniles feed more on algae while adults feed mainly on sponges. It is generally observed in pairs but is reported to be haremic in areas of higher population density. Juveniles have been observed acting as facultative cleaners on reefs. This species is very similar to the Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) but can be distinguished by having light blue pectoral fins with yellow margins while the Queen Angelfish pectoral fins are yellow.
Husbandry: The Blue Angelfish can generally be weaned off of its natural sponge diet and offered frozen angelfish aquarium fare. Its diet should contain sponge and algae material. This species of angelfish will likely be aggressive with other angelfish.
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