A little over a month ago, we shared a brief clip of the only Peppermint Angelfish (Paracentropyge boylei) known in captivity. While we drooled over the footage, we couldn’t help but be a little disappointed because the video was shot from afar and we didn’t get to see a whole lot of the fish in detail. Fortunately, a newer and even better clip of the fish has recently been released. This time, the fish is out and about in full force, and the camera follows its every move. It would also appear that this beautiful P. boylei has made its way into a new aquarium. The tank looks a little smaller, but the fish looks perfectly comfortable in its new digs and even appears to be picking the rocks as part of its normal grazing activity.
To this day, I’m still a little amazed that the stunning Peppermint Angel is still in an aquarium all by itself. But given its price and rarity, this could be a because the owner has blown his entire reef budget on a single fish (go big or go home right?) or perhaps he’s a bit nervous to introduce anything that could carry parasites, disease, or an aggressive attitude into the tank. Regardless, this video is the second to be released in as many months and may be the sign that more Peppermint Angelfish media will be coming across our web browsers in greater frequency.