The ORA Captive-Bred Flameback Dwarf Angelfish is one of the most popular and distinctive species of pygmy angelfish and it is now available captive bred from Oceans, Reefs, & Aquariums. Centropyge acanthops hails from most of the eastern shores of the African continent and into the Indian Ocean and is instantly recognizable as a blue fish with a yellow face and dorsal region with a clear tail.
There’s another very similar species from the Atlantic called the Brazilian flameback angelfish which is more orange than yellow in the face, and darker bodied overall with a deep blue tail. The African flameback angelfish stays quite small, even among the Centropyge pygmy angelfish reaching a maximum size of 2.5 inches, but usually stay around two inches or 5cm long, and are therefore comfortable in some small saltwater tanks and miniature reef aquariums.
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:
Approximate Purchase Size:
Approximately 1 inch