Flameback Angel (Centropyge acanthops)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Indian Ocean
Depth: 26 to 131 ft. Size: 3 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Easy Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Microalgae and detritus
Natural History: The Flameback Angelfish is found on reefs with coral and rubble bottoms. It is observed in groups of about 10 individuals, including adults and juveniles, in areas of dense algae growth.
Husbandry: The Flameback Angelfish is hardy and has a tendency toward aggression. It will nip at large-polyped stony corals, zoanthids, and some soft corals. It will usually not bother small polyped stony corals. It is generally considered not suitable for a reef aquarium. It thrives best in a tank with some filamentous algae, one of its preferred foods.
Reproduction: This species has been found to hybridize with the Cherub Angelfish.
AKA: African Flameback Angelfish, African Pygmy Angelfish
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