For a fish that was once only known from a handful of photos and only one specimen in captivity, the peppermint angelfish sure is getting a lot of airplay today. We are definitely living in a golden age of reef and marine aquariums when we have the opportunity to see this fish in many new pictures and videos, with this juvenile taking the spotlight today and absolutely melting our reefing hearts.
You can see that this tiny peppermint angelfish has not formed the typical 5-7 thin white stripes on its red body but that one of these stripes is coming in, spreading from the top and bottom eventually to meet in the midbody of this fish. From the size of the shells and the coral polyps in the tank we’d estimate this little P. boylei to be topping out at about two to two and half inches (5-6cm) which is an ideal size for acclimating this picky fish to captivity. And it seems to be paying off as evidenced by the nice full round shape of this individual.