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Scientific Name:Centropyge acanthops

Common Names:African Flameback Angelfish, African Pygmy Angelfish, Orangeback Angelfish, Jumping Bean Angelfish

Inhabits areas with coral rubble and frequently occurs in small groups of up to about 10 individuals. Feeds on small invertebrates and algae. Spawns at sunset; male stimulating the emission of eggs with biting motions on female's abdomen; eggs released and abandoned in open water without any particular parental care. Popular aquarium fish in Natal. Occasionally exported from Kenya.

Origin: Africa, Maldives
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The African Flameback Angelfish will accept most frozen and prepared foods. These diets should include Spirulina, feed frozen mysis shrimp, marine algae, high quality angelfish preparations and other meaty treats.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge multifasciata

Common Names:Multibarred Angelfish, Barred Angelfish, Many Banded Angelfish

Inhabits ledges and caves and crevices of steep outer reef slopes; occasionally found in clear lagoon reefs. It is secretive and rarely goes out more than a few centimeters from an escape hole. Forms pairs or small groups. Occasionally exported through the aquarium trade. Usually starves when kept in captivity. Often upside-down.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Multibarred Angelfish is considered a harder fish to keep since it can be a fussy eater. The Barred Angelfish prefers to have food such as small meaty items, angelfish and herbivore preparations and live sponges.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge bicolor

Common Names:Bicolor Angelfish , Blue-and Gold Angelfish, Oriole Angelfish, Pacific Rock Beauty Angelfish, Two Colored Angelfish

Inhabits lagoon, channel, or protected seaward reef slopes, drop offs, coral and rubble areas. Usually in pairs or in small groups. Feeds on algae, small crustaceans and worms. Darts from one hiding place to the next. Commonly exported through the aquarium trade .

Origin: Coral Sea, Fiji, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Vanuatu
Max Size: 6 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Bicolor Angelfish prefers to eat meaty crustaceans such as shrimp and clams. Its diets should include Spirulina, feed frozen mysis shrimp, marine algae, high quality angelfish preparations and other meaty treats. Surely add this specimen to a well recognized tank.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge flavissimus + vroliki

Common Names:Blacktail Lemonpeel Hybrid Angelfish,

Origin: Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Tahiti 
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 25 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Omnivore

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Scientific Name:Centropyge multispinis

Common Names:Blue Fin Angelfish, Black Angelfis, Dusky Angelfish, Dusky Cherub, Multi-Spined Dwarf Angelfish, Manyspined Angelfish, Multi-spined Angelfish

Most abundant species of the genus Centropyge in the Indian Ocean. Inhabits coral rich and rubble areas of lagoon and seaward reefs.

Origin: Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Sri Lanka
Max Size: 6 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Bluefin Angelfish should contain mainly meaty foods. Its diet should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge aurantonotus

Common Names:Brazilian Flameback Angelfish, Fireball Angelfish, Flameback Pygmy Angelfish, Flameback Angelfish

Common among isolated patches of staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis. Feeds mainly on algae and sponges.

Origin: Brazil, Caribbean
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 24 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Brazilian Flameback Angelfish should include a variety of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other high-quality meaty foods.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge argi

Common Names:Cherub / Pygmy Angelfish , Atlantic Pygmy Angelfish, Cherub Angelfish

Normally occurs in rubble areas. Feeds on various types of algae. Oviparous, monogamous. Retreats into holes when frightened. Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Caribbean
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Cherub / Pygmy Angelfish will accept most frozen and prepared foods 3 times per day. These diets should include Spirulina, feed frozen mysis shrimp, marine algae, high quality angelfish preparations and other meaty treats.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge colini 

Common Names:Colin's Angelfish,

This rare species is a secretive dweller of crevices and clefts in caves of outer reef drop-offs. Natural diet unknown; forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Almost never exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Western Pacific 
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Colin's Angelfish prefers to eat Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge bispinosa

Common Names:Deep Water Coral Beauty Angelfish, Dusky Angelfish, Twospined Angelfish

Secretive species found in lagoon and seaward reef slopes in areas with rich coral growth. Found singly or in aggregations; forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Feeds on algae. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Tahiti
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Deep Water Coral Beauty Angelfish should include a variety of captive foods. This diet should consist of feed frozen mysis shrimp, meaty crustaceans such as shrimp and clam as well as spirulina, flake and other prepared foods.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge bispinosa

Common Names:Deep Water Coral Beauty Angelfish, Dusky Angelfish, Twospined Angelfish

Secretive species found in lagoon and seaward reef slopes in areas with rich coral growth. Found singly or in aggregations; forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Feeds on algae. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Tahiti
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Deep Water Coral Beauty Angelfish should include a variety of captive foods. This diet should consist of feed frozen mysis shrimp, meaty crustaceans such as shrimp and clam as well as spirulina, flake and other prepared foods.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge eibli

Common Names:Eibl's Angelfish, Blacktail Angelfish, Eibl's Pygmy Angelfish, Eibl's Dwarf Angel, Orangelined Angelfish, Red Stripe Angelfish

Inhabits rocky areas of seaward reefs as well as rich coral areas. Feeds on algae; forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade. Forms hybrids with Centropyge vrolikii in areas where these 2 species are sympatric, and hybrids with the C. flavissima have been recorded in the Christmas I. and Cocos-Keeling islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Mimicked by the juveniles of the acanthurid Acanthurus tristis.

Origin: Australia,Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Sri Lanka
Max Size: 6 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Blacktail Angelfish nip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids and clam mantles. It likes to eat meaty crustaceans such as shrimp and clam. The Blacktail Angelfish should be given a diet that may include Spirulina, marine algae, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. Surely adjoin this specimen to a well established tank.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge fisheri

Common Names:Fisher's Angelfish, Fisher's Pygmy Angelfish, Fisher's Dwarf Angelfish, Orange Angelfish

Benthopelagic species found in reefs; in coral bottoms of channels and over reef slopes; also in areas with rubble bottom. Often in small loose groups on inner reefs in low patches of brittle corals and coralline algae mix that is shared by damselfishes and small wrasses. Herbivorous. Occasionally exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Hawaii
Max Size: 2.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Fisher's Angelfish should include a variety of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp and other meaty items.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge loricula

Common Names:Flame Angelfish,

Found in clear lagoon and seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to a depth of 57 m. Benthopelagic. Secretive and stays near shelter. Has been reared in captivity. Feeds on algae. Forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Cook Islands, Christmas Island, Hawaii, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Tahiti, Vanuatu
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Flame Angelfish feeds primarily on marine algae and meaty foods such as brine shrimp and mysis shrimp. It is a good idea to keep the diet varied for instance Spirulina, combining fresh marine algae, dried marine algae, angelfish preparation and alagae based flakes or pellets enriched with vitamin C. surely add this specimen to a well established tank.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge aurantia

Common Names:Golden Angelfish, Aurinatus Angelfish, Velvet Dwarf Angel

Found among coral and sponge of seaward reef slopes. Cryptic, seldom seen by divers. Feeds on flake food and brine shrimp. Rarely exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Indo-Pacific , Indonesia, Vanuatu
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Golden Angelfish will accept most frozen and prepared foods. Its diet should include feed frozen mysis shrimp and spirulina algae.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge vroliki

Common Names:Half Black Angelfish, Pearlscale Angelfish

Inhabit lagoon and seaward reefs, mainly in coral rich areas. Feed on algae. Oviparous, monogamous. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade. Form hybrids with Centropyge eibli and C. flavissima at areas of sympatry. Mimicked by juveniles of the acanthurid Acanthurus pyroferus.

Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Indo-Pacific, Vanuatu
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Pearlscale Angelfish as an adult is not a superior reef inhabitant and might eat soft corals polyps, clam mantles and zoanthid. The Half Black Angelfish prefers a diet that may include Spirulina, marine algae, mysis shrimp along with other meaty fare, and live rock for grazing.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge heraldi

Common Names:Herald's Angelfish, False Lemonpeel Angelfish, Yellow Angelfish

Inhabits steep outer reef slopes, occasionally on lagoon reefs. Herbivorous. Forms harems of 2-4 individuals. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Central Pacific ,Fiji, Indonesia, Tonga, Vanuatu, Western Pacific
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Herald's Angelfish prefers to eat a diet that should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge interruptus

Common Names:Interruptus Angelfish, Japanese Pygmy Angelfish

Inhabits rocky and coral reefs. Oviparous, monogamous.

Origin: Japan
Max Size: 6 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Interruptus Angelfish will accept most frozen and prepared foods. This diet should include mysis shrimp, flake and pellet foods and Golden Pearls.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge joculator

Common Names:Joculator Angelfish, Cocos Pygmy Angelfish

Found in coral and rubble areas on steep outer reef slopes. Solitary or in small groups of four to five individuals.

Origin: Cocos Keeling
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

Offer the Joculator Angelfish a diet that may contain Spirulina algae and sponge material. Also feed flake, pellet and high angelfish preparations along with enriched brine and mysis shrimp in dried or frozen form.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge tibicens

Common Names:Keyhole Angelfish, Melas AngelfishTib, icen Angelfish

Relatively uncommon in mixed coral and rubble areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. The largest member of the genus. Feeds mainly on algae. Forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Coral Sea, Indonesia, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 7.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Keyhole Angelfish should not be kept in reef tank because it is known to pick at and nip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids and clam mantles. Since many of the Centropyge family are predominately plankton eaters as juveniles and will switch to consuming its natural adult diet once entirely grown. The Tibicen Angelfish should be fed a diet rich in Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items -3 times per day.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge flavissima

Common Names:Lemonpeel Angelfish,

Adults occur in coral rich areas of shallow lagoon and exposed seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to 50 m. Benthopelagic. Juveniles secretive. Feed mainly on algae. Live as long as 11 years in captivity. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Christmas Island, Fiji, Indian Ocean, Vanuatu
Max Size: 6 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

Since not considered reef safe the Lemonpeel Angelfish may nip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids and clam mantles. It diet should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. Be sure to add this specimen to a well established tank.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge flavissima x C. vroliki

Common Names:Lemonpeel Hybrid Angelfish,

Origin: Fiji, Vanuatu
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

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Scientific Name:Centropyge nox

Common Names:Midnight Angelfish, Black Nox Angelfish, Black Pygmy Angelfish

Common in coral-rich areas of outer reef slopes, occasionally sighted in lagoons and passages. Prefers habitats with rich mixed invertebrate growth. Usually seen singly or in pairs. It thrives well in an algae-grown tank. Feeds on algae. Forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Indonesia, Vanuatu, Western Pacific
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Midnight Angelfish is not considered reef safe since it may rip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids and clam mantles. Its diet should be varied consisting Spirulina, marine algae, mysis shrimp along with other meaty items and live rock for grazing. A well established tank should be ensured for adding this specimen.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge multifasciata

Common Names:Multibarred Angelfish, Barred Angelfish, Many Banded Angelfish

Inhabits ledges and caves and crevices of steep outer reef slopes; occasionally found in clear lagoon reefs. It is secretive and rarely goes out more than a few centimeters from an escape hole. Forms pairs or small groups. Occasionally exported through the aquarium trade. Usually starves when kept in captivity. Often upside-down.

Origin: Indo-Pacific, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Multibarred Angelfish is considered a harder fish to keep since it can be a fussy eater. The Barred Angelfish prefers to have food such as small meaty items, angelfish and herbivore preparations and live sponges.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge multicolor

Common Names:Multicolor Angelfish, Many-colored Angelfish, Pastel Pygmy Angelfish

Inhabits steep outer reef slopes, typically in small tracks of rubble between areas of rich coral growth. Benthopelagic at 20-90 m. Cryptic. Herbivorous. Feeds readily in aquaria. Forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Rarely exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Central Pacific, Marshall Islands
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Multicolor Angelfish should be varied such as Spirulina, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other high-quality meaty items.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge potteri

Common Names:Potter's Angelfish , Potter's Dwarf Angelfish, Russet Angelfish

Inhabit rock, coral, or rubble areas of seaward reefs; juveniles occasionally in 5 m. Benthopelagic. Feed on algae and detritus. Oviparous, monogamous. Peak reproductive activity occurs from mid-December through May. Spawn at dusk during the week before full moon.

Origin: Hawaii
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 75 gallons
Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Potter’s Angelfish mainly prefers to eat a varied diet consisting of small chunks of meaty foods. These diets should include krill, raw table shrimp, squid, clam and mussel. Also the Potter’s Angelfish likes to eat a variety of foods including Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge flavicauda

Common Names:Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish, Damsel Angelfish, Pacific Pygmy Angelfish, Royal Blue Pygmy Angelfish, Whitetail Angelfish

Benthopelagic species found in reefs; in coral bottoms of channels and over reef slopes; also in areas with rubble bottom. Often in small loose groups on inner reefs in low patches of brittle corals and coralline algae mix that is shared by damselfishes and small wrasses. Herbivorous. Occasionally exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Fiji, Indo-Pacific, Indonesia, Vanuatu
Max Size: 3 "
Recommended Tank: 55 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet for the Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish must include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis shrimp, and other meaty items.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge ferrugata

Common Names:Rusty Angelfish,

Inhabits seaward, rocky reefs and rubble areas, especially where algal growth is extensive. Solitary or in small groups. Has been reared in captivity.

Origin: Indo-Pacific , Indonesia, Japan, Western Pacific
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Rusty Angelfish will accept most frozen and prepared food. It is best to feed the Rusty Angelfish a diet that include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis shrimp, and other meaty items.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge shepardi

Common Names:Shepardi Angelfish, Mango Angelfish

A common species found singly or in small groups in exposed outer reef slopes and occasionally in clear lagoon reefs. Prefers areas of mixed dead and living corals with numerous shelter holes and passages. Feeds mainly on benthic algae. Forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Occasionally exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Western Pacific
Max Size: 3.5 "
Recommended Tank: 50 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The main diet for the Shepardi Angelfish is algae, but will also accept meaty foods. They may pick at stony and soft corals.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge tibicin

Common Names:Tibicen Angelfish , Keyhole Angelfish, Melas Angelfish

Relatively uncommon in mixed coral and rubble areas of lagoon and seaward reefs. The largest member of the genus. Feeds mainly on algae. Forms harems of 3-7 individuals. Frequently exported through the aquarium trade.

Origin: Coral Sea, Indonesia, Indo-Pacific
Max Size: 8 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Tibicen Angelfish is not considered reef safe since it may nip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids and clam mantles. It prefers to eat meaty items 2-3 times per day. Its diet should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp. Ensure to add this specimen to a well established tank.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge woodheadi

Common Names:Woodhead's Angelfish,

Origin: Tonga, Southwest Pacific Ocean
Max Size: 5 "
Recommended Tank: 25 gallons
Care Level: Beginner
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The Woodhead's Angelfish prefers a diet with Spirulina algae and sponge material 2-3 times daily. Also likes to eat meaty foods such as mysis shrimp, brine shrimp and finely chopped marine flesh.

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Scientific Name:Centropyge flavipectoralis

Common Names:Yellowfin Angelfish , Moonbeam Angelfish

Found in area of rubble with little coral growth. Occurs in small groups on semi-open substrate, Maximum depth reported taken from.

Origin: Indian Ocean, Maldives, Sri Lanka
Max Size: 4 "
Recommended Tank: 70 gallons
Care Level: Intermediate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Safe: Caution
Diet: Omnivore

The diet should consist of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.

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