Cortez Angelfish - Pomacanthus zonipectus - Cortez Angel Fish
Medium 3" - 4"
Large 4" - 5"
XL 5" - 6"
This species is one of only a few angels found in the tropical eastern Pacific. Being only one of a small number of fish imported from its region, availability of the Cortez Angel is perhaps monthly. Small juveniles (the most often available size) are black to dark brown with curved yellow and blue lines. Adult Cortez angelfishes are gray brown overall, with a yellow area behind the head and a yellow band with a dark border. The scale edges of large adults are darker and provide an interesting "textured" appearance. The body becomes darker toward the tail, but the tail itself is yellowish with lighter markings. . Although the adults are not as colorful as many other members of the genus, they are still handsome fish, and they are notably hardier than most large angels. Adults require a large aquarium with plenty of swimming room. Like all angelfishes, this species should be fed a varied diet, which should include vegetable matter. Only one Cortez angelfish should be kept per tank, and the territorial juveniles of this species should definitely not be housed with the young of the gray (Pomacanthus arcuatus) or French (P. paru) angelfishes, which are similar in color.
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.
Size: To 18 inches.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested: 100 gallons
Temperature: No special requirements. Normal temperatures for marine fish lies between 75 and 79 degrees.
Reef Tank Suitability: Will nip at clam mantles, large-polyped stony and some soft corals, such as Xenia, but can usually be kept with the more noxious as well as small-polyped stony corals.
Habitat: Sea of Cortez, Central America
Diet: It should be provided with a diet of Spirulina, marine algae, shrimp and other meaty items, and high-quality angelfish preparations containing sponges.
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