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Euxiphipops/Pomacanthus navarchus
Majestic Angelfish, Bluegirdled Angelfish

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Name: Pomacanthus navarchus
Size BehaviorReef
Origin: Pacific Ocean
25 cm Loner As Young


Also known as a Blue-Girdled Angelfish (Euxiphipops navarchus), this fish also comes in a yellow/blue/black variety. It is quite shy and requires hiding places and retreats like rocky "caves" or dense plants in the tank. They are moderately easy to keep, though aggressive, especially to its own species. They like green foods.

Contributed by (no name given)

I have a 25 cm specimen in my 900 liter FOWLR (fish only with live rock) tank, doing just fine! He eats live and frozen brine shrimp and flakes, and formula variety cubes frozen. I would advise all marine angelfish prospective buyers and admirers to have a big enough tank for them before you buy them, and to keep in mind they need vigorous skimming and plenty of room to swim. Also a huge sump filter and overflows for oxygenating the tank and, last but not least, a U.V. sterilizer!

Contributed by Carlos Padilla

After spending $180 for my Majestic angelfish, he would not eat for the first 5 days. Later I read on line that some of these fish never learn to eat in captivity. He would not touch flake food as he was very shy at first and a slow feeder. Finally tried attaching pieces of frozen angelfood preparations and pieces of marine algea sheets to a rock with a rubber band and he is now eating well. These fish are grazers in nature and this method of feeding lets him eat over an hour or two more like in the ocean where they leisurely graze on sponges and other things on the rocks all day long. I also found that he will eat live adult brine shrimp when I put them in a mesh cage type feeder. He is such a slow eater that shrimp added without the feeder would get sucked up by the filter or eaten by other fish before he ate more than a couple. I really do love this beautiful fish. He is not at all agressive with any of my smaller fish.

Contributed by Lesley Sears

After introducing my majestic to my reef tank I was alerted by the behavior of one of my established fish. The yellow tang that I have had for 5 years began poking the majestic with his spurs. Needless to say, the yellow tang is now a resident at the local fish store. Perhaps he did not like the yellow markings on the angel, dunno. But with this experience I would not add this fish to a tank with a dominant fish of a similar color. Might try adding it in its juvenile form though.

Contributed by Ryan Rymer

I added a Navarchus to my 245 liter reef tank. When I brought him home my tangs started to attack. The purple went to the extreme on the get go. I knew the chances would be slim to none; ya know. What I did was leaned three big mirrors against the tank to distract the fish (mainly the purple). The purple swat against those mirrors relentlessly 24/7. Over a period of 1 1/2 to 2 weeks I gradually removed mirrors. When I threw an algae clip up during the final mirror phases the Navarchus was eating side by side with my purple. However, the mirror still needed to be up after feeding for a few days after. Right now the Navarchus still gets some rips in his fins as well as my purple. The Navarchus Angel has a tree sponge to feed off of and he will pick at corals. The amount of picking that the angel does is so minimal that he doesn't kill, but rather keeps in check. No worry. I know I definitely need a larger tank and have already acquired a 450 L and am in the process. :)

Contributed by Nathan, Osterman

The majestic angelfish is truly a beautiful and peaceful tankmate in my 280 L tank. It's very shy, whenever the tank is approached, it darts to its hiding spot until it feels that it's safe to come out again. I too had problems with my yellow tang poking at my angel. I soon realized the tang had to go, so I gave the yellow tang to a friend and now peace is restored.

Contributed by Brian Randolph

I purchased my 13 cm majestic angel from an established 500 liter tank, along with a Powder Blue Tang. It's a beautiful fish, and gets along fine with all my tangs...including a Yellow Tang that is very aggressive. They swim side by side with no issues whatsoever. All are kept in my 1360 liter reef tank, with several other tangs, miscellaneous fish and a coral beauty angelfish. No issues whatsoever. What a beauty!

Contributed by Jack

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