Pomacanthus navarchus - The Majestic Angelfish or Blue Girdled Angelfish is a prized and sought after large angelfish species.
Reefers report that most individuals of this species are completely reef safe, though some may pick at sessile invertebrates like clams and LPS corals. They do generally avoid SPS corals and unpalatable soft corals. These captive bred Majestic Angels never encounter a coral or clam until they are introduced to your aquarium and are most likely to be reef safe if provided with frequent meals. Very highly risk averse reefers should still avoid this species, but if you are looking for a reef safe Pomacanthus angel, these captive bred Majestic angelfish are your best bet!
This species can reach up to a foot in length and can live for decades, so a 180 gallon aquarium should be the minimum tank size for an adult. They are semi-aggressive and may fight with other Majestic Angels and similar species, espeically other Euxiphipops.
They require a varied diet high in both protein and algae items. We suggest spirulina enriched brine shrimp and Easy Reefs Masstick as first foods. They will also constantly swim around the tank grazing on live rock.
Before captive breeding efforts, it was unusual for wild caught Majestic Angelfish to enter the aquarium trade in their juvenile coloration because this species transitions to adult coloration at a smaller size on average than its other Pomacanthus cousins. Historically, that meant that most hobbyists would never get to see a Majestic Angelfish in its juvenile coloration or witness the transition in real life. Those wanting to find a juvenile Majestic Angelfish had to pay top dollar in the past. Now you can purchase a young captive bred Majestic Angelfish and observe the amazing transition from juvenile to adult coloration in your own home!