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Angelfish Cortez

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Blue, White, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size1' 6"
Origin Mexico
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 250 gallons

Overview

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 eye.

The Cortez Angelfish requires at least a 250 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 eat 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.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile- Small: 1" to 1-3/4"; Medium: 1-3/4" to 2-1/4"; Large: 2-1/4 to 3"; Changing- Medium: 2" to 4"; Adult: Medium: 2" to 3"; Medium/Large: 3" to 4"; Large 4: to 7"