Fisher's Angelfish - Centropyge fisheri - Fisher's Angel Fish
The Fisher's Angelfish is also referred to as the Fisher's Pygmy or Fisher's Dwarf Angelfish, Orange Angelfish, or Yellowtail Angelfish. It is only found in the Hawaiian Islands and along the Johnston Atoll. Fisher's Angelfish is predominantly orange with a thin, sapphire-blue outline highlighting the belly and anal fin; the caudal fin is pale yellow. A minimum of a 30-gallon tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing will offer an environment in which to thrive. It should be the only dwarf angel in the tank. Not a good reef dweller, like most angels, the Fisher's Angelfish will nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. It will also graze on diatoms on the tank surface.
Fishers angelfish is hermaphroditic, very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and has no distinguishable differences in color between male to female. The dwarf Fishers angelfish will come generally 2 to 4 inches .However the Fisher’s grows up to 2.5 inches.
Specific Care Information: Dwarf Fisher’s Angelfish are generally peaceful fish but will often quarrel with members of their own species and even genus if they look similar enough. Though there are reports generalizing this species are 'reef safe', it is strongly advised to add them to a reef with extreme caution. The reason for this is that many of Fisher’s species will behave like model citizens for a while, but one day will go after corals and clams for no reason. This may have something to do with the Dwarf Fisher’s Angelfish being predominately plankton eaters as juveniles. An underfed adult may attempt to try something new and find that clams and corals are it's newest favorite diet. It is recommend purchasing the youngest specimen available in hopes it settles down and learns to eat a captive diet prior to learning that corals and clams are a tasty treat.
It is important to provide Dwarf Fisher’s Angelfish with plenty of good quality cured live rock and a well aquascaped aquarium with caves, archways and overhangs to swim through or hide in. Especially if there will be more than one Dwarf Fisher’s Angelfish in the same aquarium. Members of the Centropyge genus are referred to as Dwarf Angelfish because of their smaller size in relation to their larger Chaetodontoplus, Genicanthus, Holacanthus and Pomacanthus cousins. Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78° F).
Diet: The diet of the Fisher's Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items.
Breeding and Propagation: Fishers Angelfish are protogynous synchronous hermaphrodites meaning the all start off as unsexed and develop into fully functioning females and later have the potential to change into a male should no other males be available. There are no visible differences between males and females. In the wild they form small harems between three to seven individuals when it's time to spawn. They haven't successfully been bred in an aquarium.
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