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Flame Angelfish - Captive-Bred (USA)
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Captive-Bred
Flame Angelfish - Captive-Bred (USA) (Centropyge loricula)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Black, Blue, Orange, Red
Diet Omnivore
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 4"
Origin Hawaii, Tank-Raised
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 70 gallons
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Overview

The Captive Bred Flame Angelfish from Hawaii is bright red/orange with vertical black stripes highlighting the body. Also, horizontal black stripes along the caudal portions of the blue-tipped dorsal and anal fins, add to the mystique of these Dwarf Angels. These are very active fish that will add both color and activity to the marine aquarium.

The Flame Angelfish, which is one of the most popular of the dwarf angelfish, has recently been offered to the hobby in a tank bred form. This is the result of years of research in determining what the newly hatched fry's diet consists of. They are bred and hatched in captivity on wild-caught marine copepods. Feeding this food for the early stages of life have proven to be the key in successfully rearing this and other species of Centropyge Angelfish.

Being Captive Bred, these Angels are accustomed to life in an aquarium, and will quickly adapt to its new surroundings. Along with their adaptability, these fish also handle shipping and the acclimation process better than their wild-caught counterparts. Dwarf Angels can live upwards of 15 years in captivity, and because of the young age of these Tank Bred specimens, will bring to your aquarium many years of enjoyment.

It requires the minimum of a 70-gallon tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. The Flame Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. They adapt well to aquarium life, but should be kept in an established system housed with dissimilar genera. Flame Angels are very sensitive to elevated levels of copper, and should never be exposed to levels near or above .15.

It is hermaphroditic, very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and has no distinguishable differences in color between male to female.

The diet of the Flame Angelfish should consist of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other high-quality meaty items.

Approximate purchase size: 1/2" to 1-1/4"

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