Six Bar Angel
12" - 18"
Minimum Tank Size
300 + Gallon
Blue, Black, Cream
Alkalinity: 8-12 KH, pH: 8.1-8.4, salinity: 1.020-1.025, 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit
General: Named for its six horizontal stripes across its body, the Six Bar Angel is a relatively hardy and adaptable species known to live over 15 years in captivity if well cared for. The main picture shown is a sub-adult Six Bar Angel; juveniles have a lot more striping and are overall black and blue, while the adult form has less blue than the sub-adult and a darker face. A juvenile or sub-adult Six Bar Angel acclimates more readily to an aquarium than an adult specimen. Be certain that if a more mature individual is purchased, that it is stable, proportionate, and eating.
Diet: Offer a diet of frozen shrimps, angel specific frozen foods (especially those that contain sponge), herbivorous foods (ex: Spirulina, sheet algae), a high quality marine flake, and other frozen options for optimal health, color, and longevity. Live sponges could also be purchased for occasional supplementation.
Compatibility: Due to its size and temperament, the Six Bar Angel would do best with other large, community-type fish such as tangs, triggers, larger anthias, damsels, groupers, and larger wrasses with a similar temperament. The Six Bar Angel will likely show aggression to other species in the Pomacanthus genus and therefore, should be kept as the only one. If you would like to house the Six Bar Angel with another Pomacanthus species or large angelfish from a different genus, keep in mind that the system should well exceed in resources and space (400+ gallons) to accommodate them at full size. Not a good reef dweller, the Six Bar Angel is likely to nip at coral and clam mantles in the aquarium.
Environment: The Six Bar Angel should be added to an established system that has completed the nitrogen cycle. Fish are sensitive to temperature change; maintaining a stable temperature is important for the overall health of any fish. At full size, the Six Bar Angel should be housed in no less than 200 gallons with superior filtration and oxygen. It's common for this angelfish to be quite shy initially and refuse preparations of food; an abundance of liverock with natural algae to graze on is advantageous for the Six Bar Angel to thrive at the beginning.
Sexual Dimorphism: Difficult to distinguish male from female.
Author: JAMES PAULSON