The Lemonpeel Angelfish, Centropyge flavissima is one of the larger dwarf angels, reaching a length around 5-1/2 inches. The popularity of the Lemonpeel Angel is due to its striking coloration. It's a vibrant yellow fish accented with a light blue trim around the eyes, gill cover, edges of the fins, and sometimes the lips. It's best not to house with corals, clams or any other sessile invertebrates. The Lemonpeel is a more aggressive pygmy angel then some, and is not as hardy when first starting out in captivity, but sometimes it can actually be MORE hardy than other dwarf angels once it's established. This angel makes up for its lack of coral compatibility with its brilliant coloration. It is a great addition for a "fish only with live rock" aquarium (FOWLR).
Provide a mature tank that is minimum of 70 gallons with plenty of live rock and algae growth. Place the rock work with multiple places to hide so they will feel secure enough to come out. All Lemonpeel Angels are born female and can be paired according to size. Since the larger fish becomes male, creating a pair may be possible by buying one large and one small Lemonpeel Angelfish. Within a few months they hopefully they will assume their roles as male and female.
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.
Level of Care:
Recomended amount of drip acclimation time:
With a good deal of Caution
Approximate Purchase Size:
Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium: 1-1/2" to 2-1/2"; Large: 2-1/2" to 4-1/2"