Fish Type: Large Angel
Scientific Name: Pomacanthus zonipectus
Aggressiveness: Caution Needed
Max Size: 18"
Minimum Tank Size: 250 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
Photo Courtesy of Blue Zoo Aquatics
This is a group of angels that get very large and, for the most part, aren’t reef safe. Although a number of people have been able to keep them in reef tanks, most will pick at corals, clams, and worms in the tank, so if you introduce one into your reef tank, they need to be carefully watched. For the most part they do very well in FO or FOWLR tanks, but they need tanks that are at least 6 feet or larger. They need to be fed a large amount of greens and meaty foods which will put a heavy load on a filtration system. Cortez Angels are usually very large, though most of time you’ll find small juveniles for sale. They do very well in tanks but do require large tanks, 6 feet or larger. They’re not as aggressive as some of the other larger angels. They usually do very well with other angels as long as the other angels aren’t too aggressive.