Flame Angelfish – Centropyge loriculus
- Care Level: Easy
- Diet: Omnivore
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Reef Safe: With Caution
- Tank Size: 40+ gallons
The Flame Angelfish is one of the most beautiful and sought-after dwarf angelfish within the hobby today. Their bold red/orange color against their vertical black bars highlights any saltwater aquarium. Like all dwarf angels, they can be unpredictable when it comes to nipping at corals. Some have been known to pick at corals while other specimens ignore them completely. The three from our experience that nip the least are the Coral Beauty Angel, Flame Angel and the Potter’s Angel.
The Flame Angelfish is territorial and one per tank is the rule unless the tank is large enough to support two (100 gallons or larger). They will also fight with any other dwarf angel of similar color and or shape.
The Flame Angel is hardy and usually adapts to captivity well, however they still need stable water parameters. Standard ranges of 72-78 degrees F, PH of 8.1-8.4 and a specific gravity of 1.020-1.025. They can be sensitive to copper as well as low PH. As a true omnivore they can and will adapt to most types of foods. Their diet should be varied for optimum health including algae to graze on, seaweed, angelfish pellets or flakes, Mysis Shrimp, etc.
related: dwarf angels reef safe?
Dwarf Angels need plenty of open swimming space. They can live anywhere from 5-7 years and reach 4-6 inches. Once they acclimate they become social and bold. Keeping them well fed should minimize the risk of nipping, however there is no sure fire way of 100% preventing coral nipping.
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