Guest Author – Ken Kwan
Back in 2019, Poma Labs unveiled a new hybrid angelfish called the Blue Phantom. A mix of the beautiful Blue Line Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus septentrionalis) and the Black Phantom Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus sp)., A distinctive and very dark Poma Angel that was fished by RVS Fishworld from distant parts of the Philippines.
Broodstock blueline angelfish, C. septentrionalis and black phantom angelfish, undescribed species, parent species of the Blue Phantom
Both parents of the blue phantom are very beautiful and showy to themselves and we wondered what the blue phantom would look like as we age. Will it look like the elusive maze angelfish we predict?
It’s been a year since the first batch of Blue Phantom was discovered and raised by Poma Labs, and one of these beautiful angelfish made its way to Singapore from Iwarna Aquafarm. We have seen many rare fish items from the past few years at Iwarna Aquafarm and no doubt this beauty has made its way to Singapore and is currently in a private collection.
Let’s take a look at how it turns out the fish is now reaching its annual mark!
Certification by Poma Labs
The angelfish is currently the only living specimen in Singapore, the F1 generation of the Blue Phantom that was born on September 1, 2019. He is in an aquarium just with many other beautiful fish like the Gem Tang, a pair of Watanabei Angelfish, Yellow Belly Regal Angelfish, Golden Angelfish and many more.
First arrival in Singapore February 2020
The juvenile stage of this fish looks very similar to that of its two parents. The distinctive yellow bar is located directly on the lid and on the pectoral fins. Light, faint blue markings on the face and body make the blue phantom a unique hybrid since its birth.
Phantom Blue Angelfish, August 2020
Many predict that the blue phantom might look like the rare and elusive labyrinth angelfish. A year later, the pattern on the blue phantom looks like this. It completely loses the juv yellow bar and the entire face is completely yellow, following the black phantom yellow face and blue doodles, but also the blue lines that follow through the entire body that follows the blue angelfish.
Blue phantom tensing its muscles
Since the fish will only be a year old now, we still cannot say what the adults will look like. Only time will tell us whether the blue phantom really looks like the labyrinth angelfish or, as it stands by itself, a separate new pattern.
Broken blue lines completely cover the entire body
As it gets older the lines on its body are much more pronounced and we can see that the broken random lines between the bodies are however hybrid. Each individual blue phantom can look slightly different, we don’t know, probably if we can pull out a few blue phantoms for comparison to see the pattern growth of each individual sample.
Let this beautiful angelfish give another year to see how many changes will take place and compare it again between the few Chaetodon plus species for better comparison.
Photo credit: Dreaming Reef Aquaculture
The author Ken Kwan is an aquarist at SEA Aquarium Singapore