French Angelfish

The French Angelfish is one of the more popular angelfish varieties. The face is a pale, dusky-blue with eyes rimmed in yellow and white. The body is a dark, dusky-blue with yellow scale margins giving the French Angelfish a dappled appearance. A yellow smudge highlights the pectoral fin while the gill cover has a yellow rim.

A 250 gallon or larger tank should be provided and include large amounts of live rock for hiding and grazing. Not a good candidate for a reef tank, the French Angelfish has a tendency to nip at sessile invertebrates (soft and stony corals) and clam mantles, and also tends to dominate the tank.


The diet of the French Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, occasional high-quality angelfish preparations with added sponge matter, and mysis or frozen shrimp. It should be fed at least three times daily.

The Small Juvenile will contain the Juvenile colorations or may be color shifting to a young adult, while the Medium will be a sub-adult, and the Large will be in Adult coloration.

Minimum Tank Size: 946 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: No
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 1' 3"
Colour Form: Blue, White, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
Family: Pomacanthidae
Origin: Caribbean

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. The French Angelfish is one of the marine specimens that changes colors as it ages. When they are young they will be black with five vertical yellow bars. When French Angelfish mature they will lose those vertical stripes. As juveniles in the wild they perform a cleaner role, but stop doing this after they grow past 4 inches (10 cm) or so.

    A fairly hardy fish, the French Angelfish can live for a very long time if given proper care. They will eat most aquarium food including smaller fish and invertebrates. It is important to provide them primarily with marine algae. A large tank with lots of live rock, algae and sponges makes it easier to care for this species.

    Temperament can be an issue with this angelfish. They are considered semi-aggressive and may quickly become the dominant fish in your tank. Given their potential adult size of 15 inches (38 cm) and their intolerance of their own kind, you should plan on keeping only one of them in your aquarium.

    The French Angel has been noted to be fairly disease resistent but you still need to take proper pre-cautions and use a quarantine tank before introducing them into your main tank.

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