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Flameback Angelfish (A)
Centropyge acanthops
Flameback Angelfish (A)
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Tank Stats
Size: .75 -1.5 inch
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore
Origin: African
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Coral Safe: Generally
Invertebrate Safe: May nip at clams and worms
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallon
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The Flameback Angelfish is also commonly referred to as the African Pygmy Angelfish or Orangeback Angelfish. With its striking contrasts of blue and orange-yellow color, it makes the most captivating addition to any aquarium. The Flameback Angelfish is one of the smallest of the Centropyge family. The Flameback Angelfish is not really a reef safe fish and intends to eat the mucous over the corals instead of it flesh, and the corals can eventually die from the stress. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. The Flameback Angelfish is an omnivore species and likes to feed on natural algae, and brine shrimps and other meaty foods as well. Since the Flameback Angelfish is an egg scattering species, breeding it in captivity has been successful. It is semi aggressive, but generally does not bother other tank inhabitants and that makes it a valuable addition to any reef tank. It is better to keep the Flameback Angelfish in the tank not less than 30 gallons and the tank should be well covered with plenty of live rocks that encourage the growth of algae. It requires lot of hiding places to make the Flameback Angelfish comfortable. The Flameback Angelfish prefers environment with prolific algae growth, rocky reefs and rubble areas.
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(A) Alert - This fish cannot be kept with other Angelfish. If you're attempting to purchase two or more Angelfish for the same aquarium it will cause them to fight and most likely one will not survive, so if you're placing an order that has 2 or more Angelfish in it we will have to place the order on hold until we're able to contact you to ensure you're not putting them into the same tank. If you understand they cannot be kept together, but would like to purchase two or more in the same order(separate tanks, group order, etc.) you will need to write in the Special Instructions area at the end of the shopping cart that you understand they cannot be kept together. Tremendous time and effort is put into ensuring the health of these fish and it is very important that you're fully aware two Angelfish should not be kept in the same tank.At adult size, Flameback Angels may reach about three inches (7.5 centimeters) in length. They are deep blue to bluish-purple in color and have bright yellow to orange shading along their backs, from whence their names arise. This coloring extends from the top of the head down the back towards the tail.The Angelfish family is a group of colorful and elegant fish that are adored by boththe serious and casual observer. These fish are mainly available to the hobbyistunder the Genus Pomacanthus and Centropyge. Pomacanthus Angels are the larger morerobust species. The Centropyge Genus are made up of smaller fish that feed primarilyon algae from the reef surface. The adult Pomacanthus Angels usually have longdorsal and anal fins and a rounded face. The Pomacanthus Angels will change colorquite dramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. The Centropyge Angelsare found predominantly in the Indo-Pacific while only a couple of species, like the Pygmy and Flameback Angels, are found in the Atlantic and Caribbean. At the sametime, the Pomacanthus Angels dominate the Atlantic and Caribbean while in theIndo-Pacific they are less prominent. The Centropyge Angels do not change colordramatically from their juvenile stage to adult stage. These smaller Angels areoften seen milling around reefs which they use for both shelter and as a foodsource. Angelfish are differentiated from Butterflyfish by the small spine thatextends from the bottom of their rear gill cover.
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