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Six-banded Angelfish
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Pomacanthus sexstriatus, Euxiphipops sexstriatus

Sixbanded Angelfish

Quick Stats:   Six-banded Angelfish

Family: Pomacanthidae
Range: Eastern Indian Ocean, Western Pacific Ocean
Size: Up to 18 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants
Reef Compatible: With caution
Tank Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Minimum Tank Capacity: 220 gallon
Light: High
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

The Six-banded Angelfish is alternately referred to as the Six Barred 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 eyes. 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-banded Angelfish is known by divers and aquarists to grunt in warning when approached.

The Six-banded Angelfish are hermaphroditic, difficult to breed, and indistinguishable in color from male to female.

It is a large fish and requires a 180 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-banded Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

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


Photo courtesy of T.F.H. Publications, publishers of the Burgess Atlas.

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