African Flameback Angelfish

Species information for the African Flameback Angelfish, in the Angels category.

  1. FAMILY - Pomacanthidae

    SCIENTIFIC NAME - Centropyge Acanthops

    COMMON NAME - African Flameback Angel fish, African Pygmy Angelfish

    SIZE - 3.1" (8 cm)

    RANGE - Somalia, Coast of Oman, South to South Africa, east to Maldives and Mauritius, the Seychelles, Mascarene Isolands, chagos archipelago.

    MIN. AQUARIUM SIZE - 30 US Gal. (114 L)

    FOODS AND FEEDING - Varied diet. Frozen preparations that contain marine algae, spirulina algae, mysid shrimp finely shaved shrimp. Feed at least 3 times a day if not in an established aquarium with healthy microalgae growth.


    REEF COMPATIBILITY - May nip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals and zoanthids, oral disc of anemones, will eat decorative algae.

    CAPTIVE CARE - May be aggressive once settled in, does best in a tank with filamentous algae for browsing. Also see the Cherub angel fish having similar needs.

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    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 19, 2013
    jhnrb, Nov 15, 2008