Yellow Angelfish - Centropyge heraldi - Herald's Angel Fish
Yellow Angelfish - Centropyge heraldi: Yellow /Heralds' Angelfish, Centropyge heraldi looks exactly like a lemonpeel Angelfish but without the blue ring around the eye and gill covers. Also, Yellow/Herald's angelfish is not as dependant on algae in it's diet as the Lemonpeel is.
The Yellow Angelfish is also known as the Orange-Faced Angelfish. The head is orange with greenish-blue wavy stripes. Moving from head to tail, the body becomes progressively darker brown.
The Yellow Angelfish should be housed in a 55 gallon or larger tank with numerous hiding places and large amounts of live rock for grazing. Not a good reef dweller, the Orange-Faced Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.
Water Conditions: 72-78ºF; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4.Normal temperatures for marine fish lie between 75 and 79 degrees. The Yellow Angelfish groups Up to 4 inches in size. Dwarf Yellow Angelfish Are generally available at 2 inches.
Habitat: A very common fish in Central Pacific islands, it is rare in the Australian-New Guinea region.
Specific Care Information: This angelfish survives mainly on algae so make sure and give it a good spirulina formula. It is important to feed angelfish all kinds of live, frozen, and prepared formula foods. Pygmy 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.
Dwarf Yellow 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 Yellow 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 Yellow 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 Yellow 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 Yellow 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: Varied diet, containing Spirulina and marine algae, as well as mysid shrimp and other high-quality meat fare. Feed 2-3 times daily and, ideally, provide live rock for constant grazing.
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