Referred to variously as the Blueface, Yellowface, or Yellowmask Angelfish, the adult and juvenile Blueface Angelfish differ markedly in coloration. As a juvenile, the body is covered with alternating vertical stripes of black, white, and sapphire blue. Upon growing to approximately five inches, the juvenile begins to morph into its adult coloration of pale yellow with bluish scales and a bright-yellow pectoral fin. It has a mottled-blue face with yellow mask that extends from eye to eye but not much beyond each eye. There is also an eyespot at the caudal end of the dorsal fin.
A minimum of a 220 gallon tank with numerous hiding places and large amounts of live rock for grazing will offer a good environment. Not a good reef dweller, the Blueface Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. The Blueface Angelfish is best kept as the only angelfish, as it is prone to becoming territorial when it is the largest fish in the tank.
The diet should consist of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. It should be fed at least three times daily.
Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium: 1-1/2" to 2-1/4"; Large: 2-1/4" to 3"; Sub Adult Small: 2" to 3"; Medium 3" to 3-3/4"; Large 3-3/4" to 4-1/2"; Adult Small: 3-3/4" to 4-1/4"; Small/Medium: 4-1/4" to 4-3/4"; Medium: 4-3/4" to 5-1/4"; Medium/Large: 5-1/4" to 6"; Large: 6" to 7"; Show Size 7" to 9"
Paul T Randolph, MA
This is a very aggressive fish, I love it! It has lasted a long time. I have mine in a 125 gallon tank, and it is still alive after 5 years. I believe it is a good choice for a beginner.
A blueface angelfish is very beautiful. The blueface is some what shy, so don't expect it to be out 24/7. This fish requires a lot of rockwork and swimming space. It is not a beginner fish. If you hear a grunting noise, that's just the angel.
I purchased this fish as a small size and kept him for about 6 years. This is a great fish. Mine was peaceful to all fish (except when I tried to add a smaller queen angel). I could pet, hand feed, and lift him out when it was time to thouroughly clean the tank. Great fish.