Potter's Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)
Family: Pomacanthidae (Angelfishes)
Natural Range: Central Pacific Ocean (Hawaii)
Depth: 3 to 453 ft. Size: 5 in. Jumps: No Space: 30+ gal.
Reef Safe: Caution Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Caution
Diet: Algae, detritus
Natural History: The Potter's Angelfish is found individually or in pairs on rock, coral, and rubble seaward reef areas. It is observed darting between coral structures on the reef. Social units are generally made up of one male and more than several females. It is endemic to the Hawaiian and Johnston island reefs and not often seen. It has been reported to attack some damselfish and tang species.
Husbandry: The Potter's Angelfish is considered a good aquarium fish. A healthy growth of algae aids in the acclimation and feeding of this species. It requires peaceful tankmates and a large amount of swimming space. It is best if no other pygmy angels are housed with it. Potter's angelfish are easily stressed and difficult to acclimate in aquaria. There must be numerous hiding places provided for this reclusive fish. It will spend most of its time hiding among the rocks interrupted by brief moments of darting between rocks.
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