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Pygmy Cherub Angelfish - Centropyge argi - Pygmy Cherub Angel Fish

Pygmy Cherub Angelfish - Centropyge argi - Pygmy Cherub Angel Fish
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Minimum tank size:
30 Gallon
Maximum size:
3.1 inches
Reef compatibility:
Yes, with Caution
Omnivore, Greens, Pellet, Flake
Tropical Western Atlantic
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This feisty little jewel is one of the smallest of the Centropyge family and is known for spawning in the home aquarium. Males and females can be kept together providing they are introduced simultaneously. Be careful that your pair is male and female as introducing two males will result in a battle to the death. Like most of the Centropyge Angelfish, the C. argi will often establish and protect its territory and harass fish much larger then they are. The Cherub Angelfish is also known as the Cherubfish, Pygmy Cherub Angelfish, or Atlantic Pygmy Angelfish. It is a brilliant sapphire-blue with orange highlights to the face.

The Cherub Angelfish requires a 30 gallon or larger tank with numerous hiding places and live rock for grazing on microalgae. It may nip at large-polyped stony corals and clam mantles.

The Cherub Angelfish is an aggressive little angelfish, so it is best to never have more than one male per tank, since they may fight to the death.

Water Conditions: Keep water quality high (SG 1.020 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F). Normal temperatures for marine fish lie between 75 and 79 degrees.

The Cherub Angelfish groups Up to 3 inches in size. Dwarf Potter's Angelfish Are generally available at 2-3 inches.

Habitat: The Caribbean Ocean, from Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to South America. It is sometimes seen in shallower water from 5-10 (16-33 ft.) meters deep but is generally found grazing in coral rubble areas at depths below 100 feet.

Specific Care Information: Dwarf Cherub 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', we strongly advise to add them to a reef with extreme caution. The reason for this is that many of Potter'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 Cherub 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. We 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 Cherub 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 Cherub 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: Will readily accept most frozen and prepared foods. It is best to feed frozen mysis shrimp and spirulina algae if the Cherub Angelfish is not kept in a well established aquarium.

Breeding and Propagation: Unknown if successful yet in rearing to adulthood although spawning and fry development has been known to occur since the late 1980's. (breeder's registry). The male is generally larger than female.

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