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Golden Angelfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Golden Angelfish
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The Golden Angelfish is also known as the Aurinatus Angelfish or Velvet Dwarf Angel. This hard-to-find species is secretive in nature, making it both difficult to acquire and a prized fish in the hobby. This species is identified by its velvet-looking burnt orange/red color with thin, broken yellow vertical bars running along each side of the body.

The Golden Angel requires a minimum tank size of 50 gallons with plenty of hiding places and live rock for grazing. This angelfish is best kept as the only dwarf angel in a tank. It will adjust rapidly if it is introduced as one of the first fish in a well-established aquarium, or if it is introduced and maintained with very peaceful tank mates. Often maintained by hobbyists in the reef aquarium, caution should be used if there is an abundance of large polyp stony (LPS) and small polyp stony (SPS) coral in the tank. This species has been known to nip at these corals as well as Xenia corals. In most cases the fish will not damage these corals, but rather just irritate them.

The Golden Angel, like other dwarf angels, are hermaphroditic, difficult to breed, and indistinguishable in color from male to female.

The Golden Angel prefers a variety of small meaty items, angelfish and herbivore preparations, and live sponges.

Fish Facts

Name: Golden Angelfish (Centropyge aurantius, Centropyge aurantia)

Family: Pomacanthidae

Range: Indian Ocean

Size: Up to 4 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: 50 gallons

Light: High

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Scatterer

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