Lemonpeel Angelfish - Centropyge flavissima - Lemonpeel Angel Fish
Lemonpeel Angelfish - Centropyge flavissima: This pugnacious little fish is one of the more aggressive of the dwarf angelfish once established and chooses itís territory. Can often be kept in groups of three (one male, two females) in larger aquariums. The Lemonpeel Angelfish is one of the least hardy of the pygmy angelfish and need a lot of live rock with profuse microalgae growth. The Lemonpeel Angelfish is a cheery yellow with sky-blue highlights on the lips, encircling the eyes, on the pectoral fins, and the tips of the dorsal, caudal, and anal fins. To avoid confusion with the False Lemonpeel Angelfish (C. heraldi) that lacks the blue highlights, this angelfish is also referred to as the True Lemonpeel Angelfish.
The pygmy Lemonpeel angels will come to you generally 2 to 4 inches however lemonpeel grows upto 6 inches. The Lemonpeel Angelfish requires a 30 gallon or larger aquarium with hiding places and large amounts of live rock to graze on the microalgae growth. It is very prone to nip at large-polyped stony corals and clam mantles. Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78į F).
Range: Fiji, throughout the South Pacific, east to Easter Island.
Specific Care Information: Dwarf lemonpeel 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 Lemonpeel 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 Lemonpeel 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 Lemonpeel 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 Lemonpeel 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.
Diet: In the wild the Lemonpeel angelfish has a varied diet consisting of algae and crustaceans. The Lemonpeel angel is not considered reef safe as it may nip at large polyped stony corals, soft corals, zoanthids and clam mantles. There are occasional specimens that live very long lives in reef aquaria as peaceful citizens but the majority of these fish will often turn for no apparent reason when they are older. This may be easily explained as many of the Centropyge family are predominately plankton eaters as juveniles and will switch to consuming itís natural adult diet once fully grown. Sometimes all it takes is for an underfed individual to Ďtestí a food source. This being the case, be sure to add this specimen to a well established tank and feed frozen mysis shrimp, meaty crustaceans such as shrimp and clam. Be sure to include algae such as spirulina.
Breeding and Propagation: Hybrids of the Lemonpeel and Half-Black Angelfish (Centropyge vroliki) are sometimes available.
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