Rusty Angelfish - Centropyge ferrugatus - Rusty Angel Fish
Vibrantly colored, the Rusty Angelfish stands out as an excellent addition to the home aquarium. One of the less aggressive of the family, the Rusty Angelfish is one addition that is more likely to behave itself in the home aquarium. The Rusty Angelfish is similar in appearance to the Coral Beauty but with more orange coloration.
The Rusty Angelfish is aptly named for its predominate red or amber coloration punctuated with black dots that decrease in size from dorsal to anal and pelvic fins. The anal fin is dark and both the dorsal and anal fins are rimmed in bright, sapphire-blue.
The Rusty Angelfish requires at least a 30-gallon tank with large amounts of live rock for hiding and grazing. Not a good reef dweller, the Rusty Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. It is best kept as the only Dwarf Angelfish in the tank.
The Rusty Angelfish groups up to 4 Inches in size.
Water Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4
Habitat: The Rusty Angel is found in the Indo-Pacific from the Tanabe bay (about 281 miles southwest of Japan) to the southern tip of Taiwan. Swims at depths of 10 to 30 meters (33-100 ft.).
Specific Care Information: Dwarf Rusty 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 Rusty 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 Rusty 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 Rusty 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 Rusty 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: It is important that you feed angelfish all kinds of live, frozen, and prepared formula foods. Pygmy angelfish, including the Rusty Angelfish, are known to eat mostly algae in the wild, so a diet rich in vegetable matter is essential. There are several good commercial foods available including Formula II and Angel Formula.
Breeding and Propagation: Not accomplished in captivity.
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