Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: A naturally occurring color variation of the Lemonpeel Angelfish with similar care requirements. Native to the Indo-Pacific, ranging in the Central Pacific from the Ryukyu Islands and Ogasawara Islands of Southern Japan in the north, east to the Tuamotu Islands and south to Australia. The Orangepeel Angelfish is a deep golden orange color with light blue highlights on the mouth, circling the eyes, on the pectoral fins, and the tips of the dorsal, caudal, and anal fins. It is sometimes referred to as the True Lemonpeel Angelfish to avoid confusion with the False Lemonpeel Angelfish (C. heraldi) that lacks these various blue highlights. Adult size typically ranges from 5 to 5.5 inches.
Diet Requirements: The diet of the Lemonpeel Angelfish should include Spirulina, Chlorella, marine sheet algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or enriched frozen shrimp, and other meaty items for variety. Feeding mainly on filamentous algae in the wild, this angelfish requires a higher amount of algae and seaweed in its diet than most angels.
Care Requirements: The Lemonpeel Angelfish requires a 75 gallon or larger aquarium with hiding places and large amounts of live rock to graze on the microalgae growth. It is best not to keep Lemonpeel Angelfish with fish of the same genera as they may become aggressive towards other dwarf angels or similarly colored species. It is very prone to nipping at large-polyped stony corals and clam mantles, so place them in a reef with caution and observe them closely. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1″ to 1-3/4″; Medium: 1-3/4″ to 2-1/2″; Large: 2-1/2″ to 4-1/2″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.