Majestic/Bluegirdled Angelfish | Euxiphipops navarchus

Majestic/Bluegirdled Angelfish - Euxiphipops navarchusLike most other marine angelfish this species is another true beauty. One could say that it runs in the family. Adult and juvenile Majestic Angels (Euxiphipops navarchus) also known as the Bluegirdled Angel differ greatly in coloration. This above pictured specimen has begun its transformation into the adult color pattern. A complete juvenile has no orange color at all and the electric blue bands extend into the dorsal fin.

The adults are bright orange with many blue dots in the mid-section of the body. The dorsal fin and tail are fireball orange with an iridescent blue border edging. Its face also turns bright orange from below the eye and extending along the gill plates towards the anal fins.

The Majestic Angel is not as aggressive as some of the other large angels. They have even temperaments and are not generally aggressive towards other fishes unless it's another majestic of course. These angels can be kept with other angelfish species and even mixed with the dwarf (Centropyge) species without creating too much of a stir.

Even though Majestics are quite hardy once settled, it is important to check a few things prior to purchase. Ensure that the fish has a full body and not showing any signs of emaciation as this could indicate a stressful journey during capture - as well as the possibility that the fish is no longer feeding. Make sure that the fish is eating - all good aquatic shops will feed the fish for you. Last but not least - these fish are quite expensive - but are worth every cent, shekel and dime.

When a newly acquired specimen is first introduced it will head for shelter, as these beauties are quite timid. They will probably take a little longer to settle into a community than some other angels, but after a couple of weeks they will become more at home with their surroundings.

Feeding your majestic should not pose too much of a problem once acclimatized. They are not fussy feeders and will accept a wide variety of foodstuffs. They will eat chopped mussel/cockle, brine/gamma shrimp, bits of prawn, and prepared natural dried seaweeds. They will also nibble at the Caulerpa, if present and even take dried flake foods. Offering a varied diet will keep your majestic in tiptop condition.

Water quality conditions need to monitored and maintained. This means that there should be no measurable traces of ammonia or nitrite and regular partial water changes will keep nitrates at bay. The specific gravity is not too important provided that it does not fluctuate rapidly (1.022 - 1.025), pH 8.2, which is important. Try and maintain your pH above 8 at all times. If it goes below this it must be remedied. Majestics are not prone to disease. Like all fish they are susceptible to white spot (Cryptocarion) and marine velvet (Oodinium) - so it is wise to quarantine all new arrivals for a period of three to four weeks.