Care Level: Advanced
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: Native to the waters of Hawaii and areas surrounding the Johnston Atoll, the Potter’s Angel is an exceptionally striking member of the Centropyge genus in coloration and personality. The base body coloration is orange with marbeling of turquise, blue, and royal blue. The rear portions of the dorsal and anal fins as well as the tail are a dark blue to black. A difficult species to care for upfront, the Potter’s Angel should be under the care of an experienced hobbyist. Its demanding environmental requirements that provide for its feeding habits initially is what makes this a challenging species, but it will become hardier overtime as it acclimates and samples prepared foods. The Potter’s Angel may be one of the most cryptic dwarf angels in the hobby, but it will become a more open-water swimmer as it settles in. Purchase an individual that is alert, brightly colored, and preferably already eating prepared foods if possible. Adult size is approximately 5 inches in length.
Diet Requirements: Offer a diet of frozen shrimp, angel specific frozen foods, herbivorous foods such as Spirulina, Chlorella, marine sheet algae, a high quality marine flake, and other frozen options for optimal health, color, and longevity. The Potter’s Angel will likely refuse prepared foods for a period of time until it settles into its new environment.
Care Requirements: The Potter’s Angel should be added to an extremely well established system with live rock, of no less than 75 gallons in size. The live rock is absolutely necessary for this fish to survive initially and long term, as it provides grazing opportunities for the Potter’s Angel. They will appreciate several openings and caves in the live rock aquascape to swim through. The Potter’s Angel is compatible with a variety of passive fish, including other Centropyge species. However, aggression may be shown to other members in the Centropyge genus from the Potter’s Angel despite its timid nature. The system should well exceed in resources and space if accommodating multiple Centropyge species, giving the best outcome of all dwarf angel species to coexist together. The Potter’s Angel should not be kept with overly aggressive or competitive tank-mates. The Centropyge genus includes some of the most compatible angelfish for a reef system. Take caution however, an especially underfed, under nourished, or crammed individual may nip at coral polyps. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size:Small: Less than 2″ Medium: 2″ to 3″; Large: 3″ or larger
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.