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African Flameback Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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African Flameback Angelfish
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The African 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, 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 helps to distinguish it from the Brazilian Flameback Angelfish (also known as the Fireball AngelfishCentropyge aurantonotus).

The African Flameback Angelfish requires a minimum of a 30 gallon tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. On occasions this fish may nip at SPS and some species of polyp corals in the reef aquarium.

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

Fish Facts

Name: African Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge acanthops)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans

Size: Up to 3 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, plants

Reef Compatible: With caution

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallon

Light: High

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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