Brazilian Flameback Angelfish, Fireball Angelfish - Centropyge aurantonotus
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Brazilian Flameback Angelfish

Picture of Brazilian Flameback Angelfish - Centropyge acanthops
Brazilian Flameback Angelfish - Centropyge acanthops


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Common Name

Brazilian Flameback Angelfish

Scientific Name Centropyge aurantonotus

Caribbean, Brazil

Max Size 3 inches
Reef Safe With Caution
Min Tank Size 24 gallons
Diet Omnivore
Care Level beginner
Temperament Semi-Aggressive

Identification: The Brazilian Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge aurantonotus) also known as the Flameback Pygmy Angelfish, Flameback Angelfish, and the Fireball Angelfish. It's interesting to note that the pygmy Angelfish in the Centropyge genus are among the hardiest angels in the entire Angelfish family. The requirements here are important for your Brazilian Flameback's health. You must have a mature tank that is a minimum of 24 gallons with plenty of live rock and algae growth. The Flameback Angel starts out as a shy fish that requires lots of hiding places in a rocky Aqua-scaped aquarium with lots of caves/crevices and ample amounts of live rock for grazing on microalgae and diatoms. Place the rock work with multiple places to hide so they will feel secure enough to come out often. This will provide security, and the more secure it feels, the more it will come out into the open. The Brazilian Flameback Angelfish ,(Centropyge aurantonotus), is very similar in color and shape to the African Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge acanthops). The biggest difference being the dark blue caudal fin of the Brazilian Flameback Angelfish. Although some have the opinion that the Brazilian Flameback Angelfish is more aggressive than it should be for its size, most people fall for this very small fish.

Food and Diet: Dwarf Angelfish are omnivore's. In the wild it feeds primarily on algae, but it will also ingest tiny animals living in the algae. In captivity their diet will be mostly algae, but also offer some other proteins. Feeding them a variety of good foods is important. Offer various types of fresh and dried marine algae, spirulina enriched foods, mysis shrimp, shaved shrimp and other high-quality meaty foods, angelfish preparations, and flakes or pellets designed for algae eating fish. There are several good commercial foods available including Formula II and Angel Formula. Feed several times a day even if natural foods are present.

Recommended amount of drip acclimation time: 3+ hours

Approximate Purchase Size: 1 inch to 2 inch

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