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Species Name: Pomacanthus paru

Authority: (Bloch, 1787)

Common Name: French Angelfish

Range: Western Atlantic Ocean

Size: 15 inches - 38 cm

Natural Environment: Inhabits areas often near sponges and collected between depths of 10 to over 100 feet (3 - 30 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 70 - 82°F (21 - 28°C) and their natural diet consists mainly of sponge, tunicates, gorgonians and some algae. Need a varied diet and numerous feeding per day. More colorful during the juvenile stage. The juvenile may appear similar to the juvenile Grey Angelfish, however, these are priced much higher than Grey Angelfish. Each has five yellow bars on their body, but only in the French has the last bar extend enough to encircle the outer edge of the tail. On the Grey, the back edge of the tail is clear and there is less blue in the ventral fins. As it matures there will be a yellow ring around the eye and yellow edging on the operculum, which is absent on the Grey.

Aquarium Suitability: A hardy and peaceful species and better suited for the fish-only aquarium. Needing an aquarium 180 gallons or larger.

French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) Photo Credit:Bob Fenner

Photo Credit: Bob Fenner


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