Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish - Centropyge flavicauda - Pygmy Yellowtail Angel Fish
One of the smallest members of the Centropyge genus, the Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish rarely grows to over two inches. Also known as the Royal Blue Pygmy Angelfish, Damsel Angelfish, Whitetail Pygmy Angelfish, Pygmy Yellowfin, or Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish, its body and face are primarily blue and the caudal fin is white.
It requires a 30 gallon or larger tank with numerous hiding places and large amounts of live rock for grazing on microalgae. Not a good reef dweller, the Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. It can be very territorial and will often kill other Dwarf Angels, and harass any docile fish.
One male and several females can be kept together. The Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish can be bred in an aquarium, but has no distinguishing characteristics that differentiate males from female
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 Yellowtail Angelfish groups Up to 2inches in size. Dwarf Yellowtail Angelfish Are generally available at 2 inches.
Habitat: Fiji, throughout the western Indo-Pacific, and Central Pacific..
Specific Care Information:Dwarf Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail 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 Yellowtail 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: One male and several females can be kept together. The Pygmy Yellowtail Angelfish can be bred in an aquarium, but has no distinguishing characteristics that differentiate males from female
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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