Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish

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The Bermuda Blue Angelfish (Holacanthus Bermudensis) usually called just Blue Angelfish, is a species of marine Angelfish found in the western Atlantic from North Carolina to Bermuda, into the Bahamas and Florida to the Gulf of Mexico. Bermuda Blue Angelfish should not be confused with the Queen Angelfish (Holocanthus Ciliaris), as they are 2 different species of fish. However, this fish occasionally breeds with the Queen Angelfish; this hybrid is called the Townsend Angelfish. A Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish is blue-brown in color with green hues and bright yellow on the tip of its tail and fins. Their young, however, is dark blue with a yellow tail and some yellow on its fins, and vertical blue bars on its body. The Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish can grow up to 18″ inches in length.

The Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish tends to stay near rocks, coral, and sponges. It also lives around boulders, in caves, and crevices in shallow water. An adult Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish can produce a loud thumping sound that warns predators and also startles divers. It will harass other fish without discrimination, particularly new additions to the aquarium. It should be the last fish added to any system. It is not a reef safe fish.

The Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish has a large mouth and comb-like teeth, and requires a large aquarium feeding primarily on sponges, but also feeds on tunicates, jellyfish, and corals as well as plankton and algae. Young Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish eat parasites on other fish at “cleaning stations”. Although in home aquariums, aquarists have been successful in providing the Townsend Angelfish or Bermuda Blue Angelfish a diet of meaty and algae based foods.

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