French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru)

Care Level: Moderate
Behavior: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: No
Max Size: Up to 1'3"
Diet: Omnivore

French Angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) Adult


The French Angelfish is an incredibly striking fish. As juveniles, they are a solid black-blue with white-yellow vertical bars. Once they are adults, their solid colored bodies begin to create a gradient between blue and yellow and white. They are a dusky, deep-blue with wide yellow bars. Depending on where their stripes start, their faces can either be dark or light, but their eyes remain rimmed with yellow.


It is best to house the French Angelfish in a 250 gallon tank or larger with live rock for grazing and hiding. These angelfish tend to be aggressive towards other angelfish, so it’s best to keep them as the only angelfish in the tank. Also, keep in mind that the French Angelfish are known for nipping at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.


The diet of the French Angelfish should include: meaty items such as mysis and frozen shrimp, high-quality angelfish preparations, spirulina and marine algae. The French Angelfish should be fed at least three times a day.

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