Press Release Source: Quality Marine
Quality Marine is proud to announce the arrival of yet another new aquacultured species: the juvenile Cortez Angel (Pomacanthus zonipectus). Their unique, vibrant colorations as juveniles and adults coupled with their rarity makes them highly sought after in the aquarium trade. Like many angelfish, adults and juveniles have very different coloration patterns. Cortez juveniles are black in coloration with blue and yellow half circle markings. Adults are blue with a pale yellow, speckled mid-section and some yellow markings posterior of its eye. Having this aquacultured species is a first for Quality Marine and possibly the United States, the company stated. Quality Marine also stated its strong belief that aquaculture and short supply chains are essential for the long term viability of the aquatics trade and for the health of oceans, which makes successful captive breeding all the more important.
In the wild, Cortez Angels inhabit reefs of depth from six to 50 meters all throughout the waters of the Eastern Pacific to the Southeastern Pacific Ocean. They feed primarily on sponges, tunicates, algae, bryozoans and eggs. Adults can be found in pairs and sometimes small aggregations. However, juveniles are more territorial and are usually solitary.
Cortez Angels are very hardy and can do quite well in home aquariums as long as they have sufficient swimming space and a balanced diet. The largest obstacle with this angelfish is ensuring that their nutritional requirements are met. Cultured specimens are raised on prepared, often frozen meaty foods, which decreases the obstacle of getting them to eat. Their natural diet also is why they make risky reef aquarium candidates; they likely will consume coral polyps and clam mantles. Because these can get to over a foot long, a very large aquarium (at least 200 gallons) will eventually be needed. The Cortez Angel should be the only angelfish in the aquarium, especially a juvenile.
Increasing the number of cultured species we offer to our customers is an integral part of making the aquarium trade more sustainable. Quality Marine has supported these aquaculture efforts for decades now, and the company says it will continue to offer the best and widest variety of aquacultured specimens anywhere.