Sixbar Angelfish Description
Sixbar Angelfish can grow to a length of approximately 46 cm. They are often smaller in captivity and can rarely grow to more than 30 cm. Their age determines the colour of the fish. Juveniles have black bodies. The head is covered by a few blue lines. You can see white semicircle vertical lines behind the eye. These lines become blue towards the belly and back. The same blue colour is used to trim the dorsal, pectoral and anal fins. When the juveniles reach between 8-15 cm in length, the dress gradually changes to adult colours. Adults tend to have a light-coloured ground, which is slightly creamy. The black head has a single vertical white stripe in the background behind the eyes. Five vertical dark stripes are visible on the cream-coloured background at the flank. Between the stripes are small dark dots. The ventral and pectoral fins are dark in color. Some blue is visible at the anal and tip of the back fins. The caudal fin has a blue color with some light blue dots.
Six Striped Angelfish Diet
Pomacanthus sexstriatus can be fed in the aquarium with Nori, Spiruli, and small invertebrates like Krill, Mysis, Brine shrimp sponges, and small crabs.
This species is considered reef-safe as a juvenile. Adults are not. Sometimes they like to nibble coral (LPS and SPS), but tubeworms, giant clams and other dangerous creatures are not recommended. Zoanthus is the most popular.
Juveniles require food multiple times per day. It is preferable to eat less meat-like foods and eat more food with vegetable parts.
Pomacanthus sexstriatus is a long-legged fish that can grow to 46 cm in length. We recommend keeping them in an aquarium of at least 1500 litres. Place them only in a well-established aquarium. This will allow them to graze on any algae that has grown on the rocks.
Sixbar Angelfish can be difficult to keep. They are difficult to get used to the food. They will often not eat for the first week after they are placed. They can also be shy. If you start with a young specimen, you have the best chance to keep them happy.
This species is not reef safe, as mentioned. These fish should be kept in an established fish-only aquarium. You should provide more than enough live rock between which crevices and holes can be made.
You will have the best chance of keeping them together with coral if you start with a young juvenile six bar angelfish and continue to feed it. SPS corals, hammer corals, bubble corals, and disc anemones offer the best chance of success.