French Angel (Pomacanthus paru)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean
Depth: 5 to 328 ft. Size: 15 in. Jumps: No Space: 180+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Caution
Diet: Sponges, macroalgae, tunicates, gorgonians
Natural History: The French Angelfish is on reef slopes, and in lagoons and reef flats. Adults are more common on slopes whereas juveniles are more common in shallow water. Adults are generally found in stable pairs that defend a territory aggressively. Adults spend most of their time in the open whereas juveniles are reclusive. Juveniles exhibit cleaning behavior and will produce exaggerated swimming motions to entice other host species for cleaning.
Husbandry: French Angelfish is considered relatively hardy in captivity. This species is the least aggressive of the Pomacanthids but it will likely be aggressive toward other French Angelfishes. Young are more herbivorous than the adults. This species will nip at gorgonian, soft corals, and large-polyped stony corals.
Reproduction: This species congregates in pairs at the edge of the reef, makes a spawning ascent, and releases gametes at the peak of the vertical swim.
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