Black Velvet Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus melanosoma)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Pacific Ocean
Depth: 13 to 98 ft. Size: 7.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 150+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Easy Temperament: Caution
Diet: Sponges, tunicates, algae
Natural History: The Black Velvet Angelfish is generally found singly or in small groups in high water flow areas of reefs. It is reported to be common in regions with cold water upwellings. Adults occur in pairs or small groups while juveniles are always solitary.
Husbandry: The Black Velvet Angelfish is considered relatively durable in captivity. It requires numerous hiding places since it may be the target of aggression by its tankmates. It may pick at corals. A sponge-encrusted live rock offering may help acclimate this fish in captivity.
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