We here at Aquarium Tip Tank recently heard of a peppermint angelfish (Paracentropyge boylei) finding a new home, at least for a little while, at the Waikiki Aquarium. This in itself is special news because it is one of the rarest fish to be kept in a marine aquarium. This one that recently arrived at the Waikiki Aquarium is only the second Paracentropyge boylei to be kept in an aquarium…ever. The only other one that is known to be alive in captivity is kept by a Japanese aquarist.
The peppermint angelfish is also very difficult to obtain because its natural habitat is at 35o ft. below the surface. It is also extremely difficult to get a video of this specimen in its natural environment. It shows up at about 2:41 into this video in the top, middle section of the frame, swimming out and between the rock crevices. This video was shot by Dave Pence at a depth of 350 ft. while on a dive near the island of Moorea. The peppermint angelfish that is currently at the Waikiki Aquarium was caught at 365 ft. by Rich Pyle on this same dive. The rebreather equipment you see the SCUBA divers using is what allowed the divers to go so deep for such a long dive.
The specimen currently at the Waikiki Aquarium is reportedly happily adjusting to its temporary quarantine tank, but will eventually be transported over to the Smithsonian as part of the Moorea Biocode project.