Pygmy Angelfish

Pygmy Angelfish

Centropyge argi


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Care Facts

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Reef Safe: Yes -With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gallons
Max Size: 3 inches
The Pygmy Angelfish, Centropyge argi, also known as the Cherubfish, Pygmy Dwarf Angelfish, and Atlantic Pygmy Angelfish, exhibits a beautiful blue body with a yellow orange face and blue rings around its eyes. Having a typical shape for dwarf angels, a small elongated oval shape body with rounded fins. The Pygmy Angelfish is very active in nature, and is a hardy fish, however like other Angelfish, they should be kept singly and not with other Angelfish. 

Though they are safe to house with inverts such as Shrimp, Crabs, Snails, and Starfish, they are not reef safe as they will pick at Large Stony Polyp Corals and Clam mantles and may even nip at Feather Dusters, Bristle Worms, Clams, and Flatworms. The Pygmy Angelfish will graze the algae growth on live rocks between meals. Diet should include a variety of both veggie and meaty preparations such as spirulina algae, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, and should be fed 3 times daily. 

Very lovely. I thought he and the damsels were fighting, but it looks like they will seek him out and he will seek them. They seem to play in a way the damsels never did with each other. He stays closer to the bottom and doesn't come up to compete for food. I didn't think he was eating but then I realized my cheto was all but gone. Hungry as a herbivore.


Reviewed by: Timothy Ollom on March 14, 2015

I've had him for about a week and he's doing great. For the first few days I didn't see him at all, but now he makes appearances pecking at algae and darting in and out of the rocks and caves. Nice colors and appears healthy.


Reviewed by: Jason on Feb. 14, 2015

A cute, little, lively fish that brings a lot of character to your tank. Seems to play well with others and makes a welcome addition while being an easy keeper.


Reviewed by: Melinda Johnston on Jan. 27, 2015

I bought this little guy here and to show you how hardy this guy is, he was the most active of 5 fish I had delivered when outside temp in MN was 21 degree out and bag water was at 68 degrees. All survived after 2 1/2 hr slow drip acclimation. He is a colorful little guy to watch darting around the tank. He is constantly on the move searching for food or detritus on the bottom as well as on reef rock. Likes to dart in and out of rock. He is getting much better at snagging Mysis shrimp I drop in before the other 6 fish hog it all, especially my Hamlet Indigo who gobbles everything that moves. A joy to watch.


Reviewed by: Phil on Jan. 7, 2015

An awesome little beautiful fish who peacefully explores my large reef tank's caves. Almost always visible and active.


Reviewed by: Rick on Dec. 23, 2014

This is a great little fish who showed up healthy and happy. He was shy at first in my quarantine tank but after moving him over to the main tank he has been quite the showman. Beautiful fish to add to a reef tank.


Reviewed by: Jim M. on Dec. 12, 2014

Very nice reef fish. Cleans detritus in the live rock. Doesn't intrude on the reef. Easy keeper.


Reviewed by: Lia Debettencourt on Nov. 27, 2014


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Reviewed by: Jules on Sept. 29, 2014

Love this little guy! He is so beautiful and such an interesting personality! He doesn't bother anyone and has actually become friends with our yellow wrasse! They swim attached at the hip looking for food! He is a very mellow swimmer who loves swimming through the rock work to find new caves. He is a little hard to feed when competing with quicker eaters, I let a couple pellets sink in front of him and sink a few spirulina flakes)! I highly recommend him, he is sweet, beautiful, and easy!


Reviewed by: Caitlin on Aug. 21, 2013

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