Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Chrysurus Angelfish
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Chrysurus Angelfish
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Chrysurus Angelfish (Pomacanthus chrysurus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 1' 1"
Origin Coastal Southern Africa
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 220 gallons
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Overview

The Chrysurus Angelfish, also referred to as the Goldtail Angelfish or Ear Spot Angelfish, is an uncommon aquarium member because very few are collected for the aquarium industry. It has a body of mottled-brown with vertical white stripes. There are several bright sapphire-blue stripes on the head, and the tail is a dull yellow rimmed in the same sapphire-blue. As a juvenile, the tail is clear in coloration until they reach 3 to 4 inches, at which time it begins to develop the yellow coloration.

The Chrysurus Angelfish requires a 220 gallon or larger aquarium with multiple hiding places and large amounts of live rock for grazing. Not a good reef dweller, the Chrysurus Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles, but may be kept with small-polyped stony corals and somewhat noxious soft corals. When stressed, the Chrysurus Angelfish makes an unusual clicking sound.

As other angelfish, it is hermaphroditic, and there are no distinguishing characteristics to differentiate males and females. It is difficult to breed in an aquarium.

The diet of the Chrysurus Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile: Small 1-3/4" to 2-1/4"; Medium 2-1/4" to 2-3/4"; Large 2-3/4" to 3-1/2"; SubAdult: Small 2" to 2-1/2"; Medium 2-1/2" to 3 1/4"; Large 3- 1/4" to 4 1/2"; Adult: Small 2-1/4" to 2-3/4"; Small/Medium 2-3/4" to 3-1/4"; Medium 3-1/4" to 4"; Medium/Large 4" to 5"; Large 5" to 6"; X Large 6" to 7"; XX Large 7" to 8"; Show Size: 8" to 10"

Customer Testimonials

Josh S New Prague , MN
I purchased a small Chrysurus about 3 months ago from Diver's Den. Great active fish with great personality. Eats everything and is growing fast.
Robert O Buffalo , MN
It is always exciting when I open and see a fish in a box from Liveaquaria. Though, I was just speechless when I found a healthy, fat, and beautiful 7” Chrysurus Angelfish in the box. I am even more impressed when I realized the Chrysurus Angelfish traveled thousands miles from Africa!! The price is little a bit higher than other angelfishes, but it is well worth. The photo on the website doesn’t give a justice. She is much more beautiful in person!!
Mike B Liverpool , NY
Just received my Chrysurus today after a delay due to weather. It was very well packaged when I received it. Seven bags with a blackout shield and 4 heat packs. Wow...as soon as I opened all the bags the fish came to life. Very lively. Once acclimation was complete placed him in QT tank and off he went. Swimming all over the tank. Guess he was glad to finally be able to stretch its fins. Shortly, afterwards, fish began nibbling on a piece of nori I had in the tank. Very well done LiveAquaria.
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