Care Level: Moderate
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: The Woodhead’s Angelfish, also known as the Yellow & Black Angelfish, is endemic to waters in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Similar in appearance to the vibrant Yellow Angel (Centropyge heraldi), but can be distinguished by the black marking at the back of its dorsal fin. One of the more peaceful species in the Centropyge genus, an adult Woodhead’s angel can grow to approximately 5″. Note: Woodhead’s angelfish are not frequently available.
Diet Requirements: In the wild angelfish are very omnivorous. A varied diet of high quality algae, proteins, pellets, flakes, and enriched frozen foods including angel specific mixes are important for best coloration, immune function and optimal health.
Care Requirements: An established minimum 75 gallon aquarium is ideal for a Woodhead’s angel. This angelfish absolutely requires a set-up with live rock to graze algae and diatoms off of. Upon introduction, the Woodhead’s angel can be quite shy and secretive but will become more courageous with time. The Woodhead’s angel may have territorial – aggressive conflicts with other species within the genus that are not introduced at the same time as it. If you want to house multiple types of angelfish together, it is best to add them all at once, or closely together at the very least, and as juvenile or sub-adult specimens (which are not nearly as territorial as adults) for the best chance of success. The Woodhead’s angel is to be added “with caution” into a reef aquarium, as some individuals have been observed to nip corals, while others have been kept in a reef setting with no issue. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2″ or less; Medium: 1-3/4″ to 2-1/2″; Large: 2-3/4″ to 4″
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.