Imperator Angel Juvenile
The Imperator Angelfish, also known as the Emperor Angelfish, features a bold blue body with bright yellow horizontal stripes that end in a yellow to orange caudal fin. A striking blue-black mask covers its eyes, and a vertical band in the same color extends two-thirds up the body, highlighted sapphire-blue in front and bright yellow in the rear. The mouth is white. In contrast, the juvenile angelfish is black with circular white and blue stripes that start at the tail. While the adult’s vibrant coloration makes it a popular fish, its hues may be less vivid in captivity, and the changing angelfish will vary in color and pattern as it matures. Emperor Angelfish require a larger tank with live rock for grazing and hiding, extensive rockwork, and deep caves to feel secure. They may nip at stony and soft corals and clam mantles, but can coexist with small-polyped stony corals and somewhat noxious soft corals. Their diet should consist of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.