Flameback Angelfish

The Flameback Angelfish, also known as the African Pygmy Angelfish or Orangeback Angelfish, has striking contrasts of blue and orange-yellow colors. While the body is predominately blue, there is a broad and bright orange to yellow swatch from the head along the back to the tip of the dorsal fin. The caudal fin is yellow and somewhat transparent, which distinguishes it from the Brazilian Flameback Angelfish (also known as the Fireball Angelfish - Centropyge aurantonotus).

The Flameback Angelfish requires a minimum of a 55 gallon tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. On occasion, this fish may nip at SPS and some species of polyp corals in the reef aquarium.

This Angelfish has been said to usually adapt extremley well to a tank enviroment, however should be housed in only those established system and kept with dissimilar tank mates. 

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

Minimum Tank Size300 Litres
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 3"
Colour Form: Blue, Orange
Diet: Omnivore
Family: Pomacanthidae
Origin: Africa, Maldives

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe
Invertebrate Safe

  1. One of the hardier pygmy angels, settles well into tank life but should be the last fish added as they can be a little aggressive at times. It may nip at various star polyps, etc.

  2. The African Flameback Angelfish is a little timid but happy fish. I had one for many years. It is ok in a reef tank; it never hurt any of the corrals. It seems to have expressions on its face when it moves its eyes. It is one of my favorite marine fish. Mine enjoyed flake food and live brine shrimp. Some may fight with other pygmy or smaller Angelfish.

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