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Chrysurus Angelfish   (Pomacanthus chrysurus)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean
Depth: 3 to 82 ft.   Size: 12.5 in.   Jumps: No   Space: 100+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution   Care Level: Moderate   Temperament: Caution
Diet: Sponges, tunicates, macroalgae, zoanthids, gorgonians
Natural History: The Chrysurus Angelfish is found on coral-rich reefs. Juveniles have clear tails that become yellow when they reach 3-4 inches in length. This species is reported to make an unusual clicking sound when alarmed.
Husbandry: This species is aquarium-hardy and is reported to acclimate quickly to aquarium life. This species is reported to become aggressive with tankmates after acclimation. As with many Pomacanthus species, the Chrysurus Angelfish will likely consume ornamental algae and some soft corals (gorgonians) in an captivity. This species is rarely seen in the aquarium trade.
Reproduction: Males will swim over females in a circular pattern until a single female rises to meet him. The two swim in an upward spiral as they release gametes.

AKA: Earspot Angelfish, Goldtail Angelfish

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