The Peppermint Angelfish is probably the most sought after of all known marine fish. Peppermint Angelfish have a mostly brilliant red body with strong white vertical horizontal stripes. This coloration resembles a peppermint, hence it’s name. Peppermint Angelfish are extremely rare and also found at very deep waters, hence their tremendously high price.
Peppermint Angelfish reach a maximum adult size of around 3 inches and need to be kept in tanks that are at least 55 gallons. Peppermint Angelfish are semi-aggressive fish, but should not bother most other fish and inverts in your tank. Like other pygmy angels, Peppermint Angelfish will sometimes nip at some hard and soft corals. So please only add a Peppermint Angelfish to your reef tank under caution.
Peppermint Angels 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 Peppermint Angels are so rare and expensive, only the most expert of aquarists should even attempt to care for one.
Peppermint Angelfish 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.
If you have any questions about the Peppermint Angelfish and if it’s the right fish for your tank,