Peppermint Angelfish For Sale
Peppermint Angelfish, Often referred to as “The Holy Grail” of marine angelfish by hobbyists and enthusiasts, the Peppermint Angelfish (Paracentropyge boylei), has been found in the deep waters of the Cook Islands. For those new to the quest for this elusive Pomacanthid, you need to understand its significance in the hobby and why this denizen of the South Pacific commands such a high price.
The Peppermint Angel is a more recent discovery, as the species name indicates, it was discovered by Charles (Chip) Boyle. Most often found at depths of 300 to 400 feet, it takes a specially trained diver with rebreather equipment just to descend to such depths to avoid succumbing to the bends, known as DCS (decompression sickness). Once divers do reach the required depth, their time is limited, and they have the ensuing challenge of trying to capture and collect this cryptic angel in deep waters that only limited light reaches. Not to mention, Peppermint Angels are not swimming out and about in the water column, they reside in rocky caves and coral structures, so their accessibility is extremely limited. Once a Peppermint Angel is collected it must be handled with the utmost care and attention to ensure it is properly decompressed as it transitions from the depths to the surface.
The Peppermint Angelfish is probably the most sought-after of all known marine fish. They have a most brilliant red body with strong white vertical horizontal stripes. This coloration resembles a peppermint, hence its name. They is extremely rare and also found in very deep waters, hence their tremendously high price. more from our shop
Peppermint Angelfish reach a maximum adult size of around 3 inches and need to be kept in tanks that are at least 55 gallons. they are semi-aggressive fish, but should not bother most other fish and inverts in your tank. Like other pygmy angels, they will sometimes nip at some hard and soft corals. So please only add a Peppermint Angelfish to your reef tank under caution.
They are very deep water fish, so they require to be kept in tanks with cooler water than typical home tanks. Also, Peppermint Angelfish must be kept in tanks with lots of rock work and caves that they can take shelter from the strong lighting found in our tanks. Since they are so rare and expensive, only the most expert aquarists should even attempt to care for one.
They are omnivores and require a diet that is rich in both meaty and green foods. Foods like spirulina, high-quality frozen foods, mysis and brine shrimp, live feeder shrimp, and high-quality flake and pellet foods should keep your Peppermint Angelfish healthy and thriving.
Tank Size: 55 Gallons
Maximum Size: 3″
Coloration: Red, White
Regions Found: Cook Islands, Rarotonga, Central Pacific
Reef Compatible: Yes (With Caution)
Experience Level: Expert
Guarantee: DOA Guarantee Only
Water Conditions: 68-74° F, SG 1.020-1.027, PH 7.9-8.5
Other Names: Peppermint Angel, Paracentropyge boylei