Chrysurus Angelfish Pomacanthus chrysurus

Chrysurus Angelfish Pomacanthus chrysurus


The Chrysurus Angelfish, scientifically known as Pomacanthus chrysurus, is a striking marine fish belonging to the Pomacanthidae family, commonly referred to as angelfishes. These angelfishes are renowned for their vibrant colors and elegant fin shapes, making them popular additions to large, well-established marine aquariums.

Here are some key features and characteristics of the Chrysurus Angelfish:

  1. Appearance: The Chrysurus Angelfish is characterized by its stunning coloration and distinct markings. It typically has a deep blue body adorned with vibrant yellow stripes that extend horizontally across its body. The dorsal and anal fins are often edged with a contrasting shade of electric blue.

  2. Size: Juvenile Chrysurus Angelfishes start with different coloration and patterns, but they gradually transform into the striking adult coloration as they mature. They can grow up to 14 inches (35 cm) in length, making them relatively large angelfish species.

  3. Habitat: These angelfishes are found in the tropical waters of the Western Indian Ocean, particularly around the coastlines of East Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean such as the Maldives and Seychelles. They inhabit coral reefs, rocky areas, and lagoons, often seeking shelter among crevices and caves.

  4. Diet: In the wild, Chrysurus Angelfishes are omnivores, feeding on a varied diet that includes algae, small invertebrates, and occasionally coral polyps. In captivity, they can be fed a diverse diet consisting of high-quality flakes, pellets, frozen foods like brine shrimp and mysis shrimp, as well as marine algae and seaweed.

  5. Behavior: Chrysurus Angelfishes are generally peaceful, but they can become territorial, especially towards other angelfish species or similar-looking fish. They may also exhibit aggression towards conspecifics (members of the same species) if kept in too small of a tank.

  6. Aquarium Care: Due to their size and territorial tendencies, Chrysurus Angelfishes require a spacious aquarium with plenty of hiding places and swimming room. It’s recommended to keep them in tanks of at least 125 gallons (around 473 liters) or larger. They thrive in well-maintained reef or FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) setups with stable water parameters.

    Specimen is a subadult apx 6″

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