Peppermint Angelfish “Paracentropyge Boylei”

peppermint angelfish

Last updated on July 31st, 2022 at 07:29 pm

The peppermint angelfish is a small, brightly-colored fish that lives in coral reefs. It can be found among the waters of the South Pacific Ocean and near other tropical areas around the world. The species inhabits shallow water environments where they often feed on algae. They live up to eight years old and reach lengths of about 20 centimeters.

The peppermint angelfish can be found in a wide variety of different colors. The most common color is orange, which extends to the dorsal and anal fins. Some fish may also have pink or yellow coloring on their backs, while others are white with various spots on them. They range from pale gray to nearly black as well.

These creatures are found in the eastern Pacific Ocean from central California to Ecuador. They can reach a maximum length of six inches and usually have three dark stripes on each side, which help make them difficult for predators to spot as they swim among kelp beds or other seaweed.


The origins of the peppermint angelfish remain a mystery. One theory is that they are native to Africa, while others say they’re from South America or Florida. Based on their DNA analysis and appearance, it’s likely these fish have been in existence since long before humans were around (around 50 million years ago).

What is known is they are freshwater fish and most likely came from the Amazon Basin.

Colorful, beautiful, and fascinating creatures: these words could describe many things in this world, but when talking about peppermint angelfish it’s hard to pick just one word that does them justice.

The first thing people notice about these animals is their unique coloring. They come in different colors, including red, orange, and yellow. And while the fish may have a certain color on one side of its body, the other side will be an entirely different shade, a beautifully contrasting pattern that can’t help but catch your eye!

Species profile

peppermint angelfish

This beautiful fish is a tropical freshwater species native to the Amazon and Orinoco River basins in South America. They are typically found near submerged plants, logs, or other cover objects that they may use for protection against predators such as larger fishes. This makes them an ideal candidate for the planted aquarium if you’re looking to add some color to your tank.

Royal Angelfish (Pygoplites Diacanthus / Regal Angelfish)

The peppermint angelfish is a beautiful and peaceful fish that will quickly become a centerpiece of any aquarium setup.

Color and appearance

The peppermint angelfish is a species of fish that lives in coral reefs. They are usually bright blue or green with white stripes and have yellow-orange tail fins. The name “peppermint” comes from their strong smell, which smells like peppermint candy.

If you were to try one for yourself, the best way to eat a peppermint angelfish is by dipping it into soy sauce or lemon juice.

Peppermint angelfish habitat

They are usually found near reefs or rocks where they can find food more easily. Their social tendencies mean that you will often see them swimming just below the surface of the water.

This species prefers shallow waters with rocks, coral reefs, and sand to hide under due to their more timid nature. They will usually stay in one area for long periods of time because they are territorial animals that protect their territory from other fish by biting them upon contact.

Peppermint angelfish size

peppermint angelfish

The peppermint angelfish is a tiny, deep water fish. It’s not the prettiest of species to look at but it does have some unique features that make it stand out from other fishes around its size. For one thing, this particular type of angelfish has a long snout with an enlarged mouth on each side and a bulb on the end.

The peppermint angelfish, as its name suggests, is a tiny fish. In fact, it’s the smallest type of angelfish that exists today and can only grow up to about two inches in length when fully matured, though there are some reports of them growing up to three or four inches long on occasion. These fish are typically found in deep, sheltered waters that have a lot of vegetation.

The peppermint angelfish is one of the most unique-looking types out there because it has this long bulbous snout on each side with an enlarged mouth at its end, especially when you compare them to other fishes around their size. This particular species also features teeth all over its body, which are unique to the peppercorn angelfish and not present in other types of angelfish.

Zanclus Cornutus (Moorish Idol) Profile

Peppermint angelfish size

These fish are typically around five inches in length, although some can grow as long as seven. They live up to nine years and they have a very short lifespan of only two weeks after breeding.

Peppermint angelfish Life cycle

The life cycle for the peppermint angelfish starts when tiny eggs are released into open coastal or river waters. Once they hatch, they feed on plankton before becoming young juveniles who are more mobile.

Females will lay eggs in sandy or rocky areas with the water current washing over them, and males will guard those nests until they hatch. The fry can be found moving around on inshore reef flats at any time of year because adults exist all year round. This fish matures quickly because it is a live-bearer, and will live for about eight years.

This is a fish that should be kept in a tank with plenty of rockwork or coral to provide hiding places from other aquarium inhabitants who may consider them prey. They enjoy spending time at the surface like many angelfish do so they don’t need to have too strong of an aquarium light set-up, but it is important to have plenty of vegetation that can provide some shade. Peppermint angelfish are generally peaceful with other fish and make a great addition to any saltwater tank.

Are they aggressive or peaceful?

Angelfish are relatively peaceful. They usually only become aggressive when they feel threatened or cornered, and will then attack their aggressor with a fury that can make them seem more like piranhas than fish!

However, if there is an ample amount of space in the tank for these beautiful creatures to swim without feeling crowded, they will usually get along with one another.

Peppermint angelfish care

peppermint angelfish

What they eat

Peppermint angelfish feed primarily on invertebrates such as worms, mussels, and clams. They will also eat small crustaceans such as copepods when they are in smaller bodies of water. They can only live in saltwater environments because their gills need to be constantly moistened with salt water.

Blackspot Goatfish (Parupeneus spilurus)


The peppermint angelfish can be kept in a community-type aquarium with other peaceful fish. They will also do well when sharing the tank with shrimp, crabs, and snails. The best tanks to house them are those that have plenty of live rock for hiding places or if there is a screen cover on the back wall so they can dart up and down the sides of the aquarium.

They will make good tank mates for other large, active fish that won’t bother them too much such as damsels and tangs. Angelfish are also one of the few saltwater fish species that can tolerate some freshwater environments so it is possible to house them in a larger freshwater setup.

Water condition

The peppermint angelfish is an omnivore and in the wild, it will eat small crustaceans, other fish eggs. However, they can be fed most prepared foods including flakes for a general diet. This makes them easy to keep as pets with little effort on your part.

In captivity, they are generally found at 25-27 degrees Celsius, or 77-80.

Peppermint angelfish breeding

peppermint angelfish

The female peppermint angelfish is the one who chooses a male as her mate, using flashing colors on her belly to attract one. Once they have chosen each other, the female will lay her eggs on a flat plant that she has found and then leave them there for the male to fertilize. Females are usually ready to breed at three years old, but males can be bred as young as two years old (though this is rare). The angelfish will lay between 30 and 100 eggs at a time, which will hatch in just four to seven days.

The peppermint angelfish is one of the most popular species among aquarium owners because they are active during the daytime hours as opposed to other night-dwelling fish. They also enjoy living in tanks with live plants so that their fry can find food and shelter.

Pajama Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia Nematoptera)

The peppermint angelfish is a coral reef inhabitant that feeds primarily on zooplankton, algae, planktonic crustaceans, and other small invertebrates. They live in the shallow waters of the reefs where there are plenty of places to hide from predators such as larger fish or sharks.

Peppermint angelfish lifespan

The peppermint angelfish has a life span of up to 20 years in captivity, but it may live for shorter periods in the wild due to predation and environmental hazards.

Parasites and diseases

The peppermint angelfish is susceptible to a number of parasites and diseases. The most common are ich, or white spot disease, which can be contacted by other saltwater fish from contact with infected water; the protozoan parasite Oodinium (also known as “cotton wool”), which causes ulcers and can also be contacted by other saltwater fish from contact with infected water; and a disease called marine velvet, which is caused by a parasitic protozoan of the class *Amoeba*, usually found in poorly-maintained aquariums.

The peppermint angelfish have few natural predators because its bright coloration warns would-be predators that it is poisonous.


The peppermint angelfish has a number of predators. They include predatory fish and invertebrates such as the dragonet, soldierfish, lionfish, and moray eel. As they are benthic feeders that spend most of their time on or near the seabed these creatures can be found at depths of up to 500 meters.

Does it make good pets?

No, these fish do not make good pets. They are high maintenance and they require a lot of care. If you want to keep one as your pet, it’s best that you know what is required to take care of them before you decide on getting one.