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Black Velvet Angel - Chaetodontoplus melanosoma - Md. Adult

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The Black Velvet Angel (Chaetodontoplus melanosoma, also known as the Grey Poma Angel) is found in the Indo-Pacific region on mid-water reefs. Juvenile Black Velvet Angels are solid black, except for the yellow trim on the tail and fins, and a light patch located on the gill cover. Adults are black with a gray head and upper body, and a yellowish face. The tail and posterior end of the dorsal and anal fin are edged in yellow.

The smaller angelfish and "pygmy angelfish" available in the aquarium trade include those from the genera Apolemichthys, Centropyge, Chaetodontoplus, Genicanthus, and a few others. Of these, Apolemichthys and Chaetodontoplus are generally the largest. Centropyge is the largest group and some fish have been separated into new species and genera in recent years.

Suitable tankmates for most of these angels would be community fish like tangs, clownfish, damsels, gobies, blennies, butterflies and similar fish. More shy and passive angels can be kept with smaller, more docile tankmates. Angels should not be kept with other angels in the home aquarium to avoid territorial conflicts. Occasionally, two angels may tolerate one another in a very large aquarium if they have very different coloration and appearance, but is not typical. All angels have cheekspines at the edge of their gill cover and in the dorsal fin; use caution when handling and avoid using a net that they may become stuck or tangled in.

The diet of angels generally consists of meaty foods and algae. They can be fed a variety of frozen items like formulas, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, scallops and others, as well as pellets, flakes, algae sheets and other foods. Many can be kept successfully in a reef, but use caution with any angels in a reef system, especially with polyps and SPS corals; some have been known to nip at the occasionally polyp, coral or clam mantle but not to the extent of the larger angel species. Angels from the Chaetodontoplus genus can be a greater risk than other smaller angels.

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Common NameBlack Velvet Angel - Medium Adult
Scientific NameChaetodontoplus melanosoma
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)8
Min Tank Size (in gallons)75
OriginIndo-west Pacific
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82

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