Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Flameback Angelfish (African) Dwarf Angel
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Flameback Angelfish
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Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge acanthops)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Blue, Orange
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 3"
Origin Africa
Family Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size 55 gallons
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Overview

The Flameback Angelfish, also known as the African Pygmy Angelfish or Orangeback Angelfish, has striking contrasts of blue and orange-yellow colors. While the body is predominately blue, there is a broad and bright orange to yellow swatch from the head along the back to the tip of the dorsal fin. The caudal fin is yellow and somewhat transparent, which distinguishes it from the Brazilian Flameback Angelfish (also known as the Fireball Angelfish - Centropyge aurantonotus).

The Flameback Angelfish requires a minimum of a 55 gallon tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. On occasion, this fish may nip at SPS and some species of polyp corals in the reef aquarium.

The diet of the Flameback Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1/2" to 1" Medium 1" to 2" Large 2" to 3"

Customer Testimonials

Jim L Draper , UT
The African Flameback Angelfish is a little timid but happy fish. I had one for many years. It is ok in a reef tank; it never hurt any of the corrals. It seems to have expressions on its face when it moves its eyes. It is one of my favorite marine fish. Mine enjoyed flake food and live brine shrimp. Some may fight with other pygmy or smaller Angelfish.
Travis E New York , NY
One of the hardier pygmy angels, settles well into tank life but should be the last fish added as they can be a little aggressive at times. It may nip at various star polyps, etc.
Eirc P Kempner , TX
Very territorial in 92G even after adding last to the aquarium. Take care when housing with peaceful tankmates as it will defend his territory which includes any and all of your live rock structure. Chased Chromis away and claimed there hiding space for his own. Never bothered the Black Sailfin Blenny however and interestingly seemed to form almost a life partnership with the Radiant Wrasse. They are inseparable swimming around together picking at the live rock.
Tracey Kirk Liberty Township , OH
Very pretty fish. Always out and about. Not overly aggressive but will stand his ground. I've had one for two years and he has never touched a coral in my mixed reef tank.
Charles D Columbia , SC
BEAUTIFUL FISH, probably my favorite dwarf angel, moving in and out of the rock work constantly, has not bothered any corals, and very peaceful. The color around the eye is mesmerizing.
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