Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 82 ft. Size: 5.5 in. Jumps: No Space: 55+ gal.
Reef Safe: No Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Macroalgae, filamentous microalgae
Natural History: The Lemonpeel Angelfish is found primarily on reef slopes in areas of rich stony coral growth. This species is secretive and will rush to cover at the first sign of any danger. It normally occurs in pairs or harems. The males are capable of making grunting sounds as they visit females in their harem on the reef. Without males, females can change gender and become male in several months. Males avoid aggression with other males by remaining in their own territories.
Husbandry: The Lemonpeel Angelfish is one of the most durable Centropyge angelfishes. It seems to prefer a slightly warmer aquarium temperature of 81°F. It is aggressive and will bully passive tankmates. It will also nip at stony corals and tridacnid clams. It may require live foods to successfully acclimate to captivity.
Reproduction: This species spawns over large coral structures, using a spawning ascent to release eggs and fertilize them in the water. Females change color to almost white during spawning. It readily breeds in captivity.
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