Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: The Pygmy Angelfish, or as it is sometimes called, Cherubfish, Cherub Angelfish, or Atlantic Pygmy Angelfish is a deep blue to royal blue with yellow-orange highlights on the face. Found in the western Atlantic Ocean off Bermuda, and from North Carolina through the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean coast of South America, as far east as French Guiana. Its usual habitat is coral rubble where it feeds on algae and small benthic invertebrates. A compatible male/female pair may be kept together. Typically reaching an adult size of 3 inches.
Diet Requirements: The diet of the Pygmy Angelfish should include Spirulina, Chlorella, marine sheet algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or enriched frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. Flake or pellet foods can also be offered for variety. Feed small meals 2-3 times daily to help reproduce their natural grazing behavior.
Care Requirements: The Pygmy Angelfish requires a 30 gallon or larger tank with numerous hiding places and live rock for grazing on microalgae. The Pygmy Angelfish can be an aggressive little angelfish, so it is best to never have more than one male per tank, as extreme aggression may result. It may nip at large-polyped stony corals and clams, so would be considered reef safe with caution. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1/2″ to 1″; Medium: 1″ to 2″; Large: 2″ to 3″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase size is approximate.