Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: Yes
General Description: The Flameback Angelfish, also known as the African Pygmy Angelfish or Orangeback Angelfish closely resembles the Brazilian Flameback Angel (Centropyge aurantonotus), but has a yellow to transparent tail fin that distinguishes them apart. The body is predominately blue, there is a broad and bright orange to yellow stripe from the head along the back to the tip of the dorsal fin. Native to waters around Africa and the Maldives, the Flameback Angel is one of the smallest members of the Centropyge genus reaching a maximum length of just 3 inches.
Diet Requirements: Offer a diet of enriched frozen shrimps, angel specific frozen foods, herbivorous foods (ex: Spirulina,Chlorella, marine sheet algae), a high quality marine flake or pellet, and other frozen options for optimal health, color, and longevity.
Care Requirements: The Flameback Angel at adult size should be housed in no less than a 55 gallon aquarium, preferably with live rock to graze on and retreat to if necessary. They can be housed with a variety of passive to semi-aggressive fish and is best kept as the only Dwarf angelfish in a system, unless all dwarf angels are introduced into a system at once. Keep in mind that the system should well exceed in resources and space if accommodating multiple Centropyge species. This gives the best outcome of a Flameback Angel coexisting with others in the genus. The Centropyge genus includes some of the most compatible angelfish for a reef system. The Flameback Angel, in particular, is one that often does not need to be added with caution as it typically does not bother corals at all. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 3/4″ to 1-1/4″; Medium: 1-1/2″ to 2-1/4″; Large: 2-1/2″ or larger.
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.