Chrysurus Angelfish

Greek Name: Pomacanthus chrysurus



The Chrysurus Angelfish is also known as the Goldtail Angelfish or Ear Spot Angelfish. It is a rare aquarium member because only a few of them are ever collected. It is a mottled-brown fish with a long body and vertical white stripes. There are many bright sapphire-blue stripes
The head is dull yellow, while the tail is the same color.
sapphire-blue. The tail of a juvenile is light in color until they reach adulthood.
It can reach 3-4 inches. At that point, it starts to develop yellow.

A 220 gallon or larger tank is required for the Chrysurus angelfish.
They require many hiding spots and large quantities of live rock for grazing.  The Chrysurus Angelfish is prone to nip on stony soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles They may be kept with small-polyped, stony corals.  The unusual clicking sound that the Chrysurus angelfish makes is worth mentioning.

It is similar to other angelfishes in that it is hermaphroditic and has a hard time breeding.
It is difficult to distinguish males from females.

The diet of the Chrysurus angelfish should include Spirulina and marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations (mysis or frozen shrimp), and other meaty items.

Estimated Purchase Size: Juvenile: Small 1-3/4″ to
 2-1/4″; Medium 2-1/4″ to 2-3/4″; Large 2-3/4″ to 3-1/2″; SubAdult: Small
 2″ to 2-1/2″; Medium 2-1/2″ to 3 1/4″; Large 3- 1/4″ to 4 1/2″; Adult:
 Small 2-1/4″ to 2-3/4″; Small/Medium 2-3/4″ to 3-1/4″; Medium 3-1/4″ to
 4″; Medium/Large 4″ to 5″; Large 5″ to 6″; X Large 6″ to 7″; XX Large 7″
 to 8″; Show Size: 8″ to 10″

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Care Level




Color Form

Blue, Tan, Yellow



Reef Compatible

With Caution

Water Conditions

sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4

Max Size

1' 1"


Coastal Southern Africa



Minimum Tank

220 gallons


Chrysurus Angelfish About Info

The Chrysurus Angelfish is also known as the Goldtail Angelfish or Ear Spot Angelfish (Pomacanthus Chrysurus) and can grow up to 13 inches in length. It can be found on reefs in South Africa, the western Indian Ocean, and Madagascar. It is generally black/brown in color, with vertical white bands covering its body, bright blue bands covering its head, belly, and anal fins, and a yellow tail.


Chrysurus Angelfish Housing Needs

A 220 gallon aquarium or larger is required for the Chrysurus Angelfish, or Goldtail Angelfish. It must have large amounts of live rocks to allow it to graze. The Chrysurus Angelfish, which is not a reef dweller, will eat stony corals (sessile Invertebrates), and clam mantles.


Chrysurus Angelfish Diet Information

The diet of the Goldtail Angelfish should include Spirulina and high-quality angelfish preparations. Mysis, frozen shrimps, and other meaty foods. The unusual clicking sound that the Chrysurus angelfish makes happens when the fish is stressed.

Additional information


Large, Medium, Small

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