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African Flameback Angelfish (Dwarf)
African Flameback Angelfish (Dwarf)
Pet African Flameback Dwarf Angelfish For Sale
Scientific Name: Centropyge acanthops
Common Name: African Pygmy Angelfish, Orangeback Angelfish, Jumping Bean Angelfish
Size: Small: 1- 2 inches and matures to 3 inches in length.
Origin: The African Flameback Angelfish is found in the Western Indian Ocean along the east coast of Africa from Aliwal Shoal to the Gulf of Aden and east to Mauritius, the Seychelles and the Maldives.
Habitat: Your aquarium should be well decorated with plenty of live rocks that encourage the growth of algae. The pet African Flameback Angelfish requires lot of hiding places to make this marine jewel comfortable. The pet African Flameback Angelfish prefers an aquarium environment with prolific algae growth, rocky reefs and rubble areas. African Flameback Angelfish are often found in harems of up to 12 individuals in coral rubble bottom habitats.
Diet: African Flameback Angelfish will readily accept most frozen and prepared foods. It is best to feed frozen mysis shrimp and spirulina algae if the African Flameback Angelfish is not kept in a well established aquarium with live rock. Feed once or twice a day.
Temperament: Semi-aggressive, but The African Flameback Angelfish generally does not bother other tank inhabitants and that makes it a valuable addition to any reef tank. Due to their size it is not recommended that The African Flameback should share a tank with aggressive or predatory fish such as triggers, lionfish, groupers, anglers, larger puffers and morays. African Flameback Angelfish can be somewhat feisty if kept in an Aquarium that is not of sufficient size.
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Captive Requirements: Simply keeping two or more pet African Flameback Angelfish as adults can be risky, however, as individuals may be aggressive towards conspecifics, especially in smaller environments. Obtaining two small African Flameback Angelfish and allowing them to pair naturally may be best.
Minimum Tank Size: Not smaller than 30 gallons, these beautiful saltwater dwarf angelfish thrive in 55 gallons.
Reef Tank Compatibility: African Flameback Angelfish are not known for picking at clam mantles but, again, caution is advised. African Flameback Angelfish may occasionally chase or defend their territories against intruding non-sessile invertebrates like shrimp or crabs but will typically leave such invertebrates completely alone. These saltwater fish are some of the best suited for a reef tank among the genus but caution should still be used when adding them to tanks with meaty brain type corals such as Cynarina spp. or Trachyphyllia spp.
Reproduction: The African Flameback Angelfish is an egg scattering species, so breeding it in captivity has been successful. Breeding successes with various Centropyge angels have revealed that simulating ‘springtime’ with raised temperatures and extended daylength elicits courtship and spawning, which reportedly occurs at sunset for the beautiful African Flameback Angelfish. They do so in mid-water and the gametes are released in a characteristic ‘spawning rise’ behavior — so a deep aquarium will help as the angels are unable to perform in shallow water. Tank volume can be small, however, and spawning has taken place in 300 l/66 gal.
Additional Information: Most Centropyge species seem sensitive to copper, so use alternatives to copper-based antiparasitic medications. The African Flameback Angelfish is less likely to nip at prized sessile invertebrates such as corals if it gets enough food, so regular meals, coupled with well-seeded live rock to forage on, should help.
Water Requirements: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Life Span: Centropyge acanthops are known to live 5-8 years.
Determining Sex: Male pet African Flameback Angelfish are longer and more slender than females. Pygmy angels are all believed to be protogynous — female first — hermaphrodites. As they mature, these Dwarf Angelfish develop into females and become part of a harem of several, each one having only one male. Should he die, one female will undergo a sex change to replace him.