Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Six Bar Angelfish
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Six Bar Angelfish
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Six Bar Angelfish (Pomacanthus sexstriatus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Blue, White, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 1' 6"
Origin Coral Sea, Fiji, Indonesia
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 220 gallons
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Overview

The Six Bar Angelfish is alternately referred to as the Sixbanded Angelfish or Six Striped Angelfish. As an adult, the primarily pale-tan body has five nearly evenly-spaced dark brown stripes. The sixth stripe is white and just behind the eye. Dark blue polka-dots cover the entire body, while vibrant sapphire-blue dots cover the caudal fin and back portion of the anal fin.

The Six Bar Angelfish is known by divers and aquarists to grunt in warning when approached.

The Six Bar Angelfish are hermaphroditic, difficult to breed, and indistinguishable in color from male to female. It is a large fish and requires a 220 gallon or larger tank with many hiding places; large amounts of live rock will also help create a good environment. Not a good reef dweller, the Six Bar Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

The diet of the Six Bar Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. It should be fed at least three times a day.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile Small: 1" to 1-3/4"; Juvenile Medium: 1-3/4" to 2-1/2"; Juvenile Large: 2-1/" to 3-1/4"; Small: 2" to 3-1/2"; Medium: 3-1/2" to 5"; Large: 5" to 7"

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