Cortez Angelfish
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Cortez Angelfish
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Cortez Angelfish (Pomacanthus zonipectus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Blue, White, 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' 6"
Origin Mexico
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 250 gallons
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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 2-1/2"; Large: 2-1/2 to 3"; Adult- X Large 7" to 9" Show size 9" to 11"

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