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Cortez Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Cortez Angelfish
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The coloration of the Cortez Angelfish varies markedly from juvenile to adult. The juvenile stage is black with yellow and blue semi-circular striping radiating from the tail. As an adult, the Cortez Angelfish is blue, with a pale, speckled mid-section and a swipe of vertical yellow just behind the head. The long, dorsal fin is a green-blue while the head is blue with yet another yellow vertical swipe just behind the eyes.

The Cortez Angelfish requires at least a 100-gallon tank, and should be the only angelfish in the tank, even as juveniles. Not a good candidate for a reef tank, the Cortez Angelfish eats sponges, and will also consume stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

It should be provided with a diet of Spirulina, marine algae, shrimp and other meaty items, and high-quality angelfish preparations containing sponges.

Fish Facts

Name: Cortez Angelfish (Pomacanthus zonipectus)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean

Size: Up to 18 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 100 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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