Cherub Pygmy Angelfish
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Pygmy Angelfish

Picture of Cherub Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge argi, Caribbean
Aquarium Conditioned Cherub Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge argi, Caribbean


Common Name

Cherub Pygmy Angelfish

Scientific Name Centropyge argi

Tropical Western Atlantic

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

Identification: Cherub Pygmy Angelfish are intelligent, active, and hardy as well. This Atlantic Pygmy Angelfish spends a good amount of time hiding from predators in the wild, so plenty of hiding spaces will make them happy. These fish prefer an established reef environment with plenty of nooks and crannies to graze for food. These are very pugnacious little fish, so house Pygmy Angelfish with more aggressive tank mates. Called the Cherub fish or Pygmy angelfish or Centropyge argi, they are a beautiful miniature fish. This angel has the same appearance of its larger cousins in a mini size, making a perfect substitute for a larger angel when tank space won't allow the larger angel. They have a deep blue body and their face is either yellow or orange, and they have beautiful blue rings around their eyes. You are going to have the same color combination of many larger angelfish in the perfect fun size for a smaller saltwater aquarium.

Provide a 24 gallon or larger tank for the Cherub Pygmy Angelfish with large amounts of live rock for hiding and grazing on micro fauna.

The Cherub Pygmy Angelfish will spawn while in captivity and they are now being raised in captivity, thus helping to preserve our ocean reefs. Though raising the larvae is quite a task. These dwarf angelfish are paired according to size, not color. All are born female, then the larger fish becomes the female. To make a pair is possible by buying a larger Cherub Angel and a smaller Cherub Angel, and within a few months they hopefully will assume their roles as male and female.

Food and Diet: Provide a balanced diet. Feed frozen foods from a wide range of food groups that have both meat and algae (Formula One, Formula Two, Ocean Nutrition Pygmy Angel Formula are all good examples, algae and nori sheets as a good pellet food.

Level of Care: Beginner

Aggressiveness: Semi-aggressive

Recommended amount of drip acclimation time: 3+ hours

Reef Compatibility: With Caution

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

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