Aquarium Fish

Lemonpeel Angelfish

The Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissima) is a brilliant yellow lemon color with a blue ring around the eyes. It is one of the dwarf angels and gets to around 5 inches when fully grown. They need to be slowly acclimated to your tank and need to be fed several times per day. They will go after mysis shrimp, brine shrimp as well as algae or spirulina based foods. Offer them some nori (seaweed) attached to a veggie clip. These angels are not considered reef tank safe because they have been known to nip at LPS corals and clam mantles.

You can pick these dwarf lemonpeel angels up for around $20 to $30 locally or online.

Lemonpeel Angelfish


Dwarf Angelfish Care

Scientific Name : Centropyge flavissima

Common Names : Yellow Angelfish, Lemonpeel Angel

Care Level : Moderate - not as hardy as some of the other dwarf angels.

Size : Up to 5 inches (14 cm)

Life span : 5 years, likely longer (fishbase has them listed as living up to 11 years)

Water Parameters: pH : 8.1 - 8.4 | Temperature : 72°F - 80°F (22°C - 27°C) | Specific Gravity : 1.020 - 1.025 | Carbonate Hardness (dKH) : 8 - 12°

Reef Tank Safe? No - might nip at LPS and clam mantles

Origin / Habitat : Indo-Pacific - in lagoon areas and seaward reef areas with heavy coral cover

Temperament / Behavior : They can be aggressive with other dwarf marine angelfishes and might get harassed by larger angelfish.

Breeding : Very difficult to breed in captivity. Pelagic egg scatterer.

Aquarium Size : 30 gallon (113 liters) minimum

Tank Mates : Keep them with similar sized fish, nothing too large or aggressive to eat them (e.g. lionfish)

Fish Disease : Saltwater Fish Disease

Diet / Foods : Having a lot of live rock in the tank for them to pick at in between the several small feedings per day will help. Give them lots of algae, nori attached to a veggie clip. Mysis shrimp, brine shrimp thrown in periodically to help supplement their diet.

Tank Region : Middle to bottom

Gender : No external differences between males and females that we know of.

Forum : Saltwater Angelfish Forum

Photo Credit : Haplochromis (wikimedia)

Site References :

Michael, S. W. (2001). Marine Fishes, 500+ Essential to Know Aquarium Species. T.F.H. Publications.
"Centropyge flavissima". FishBase. Ed. Ranier Froese and Daniel Pauly. November 2005 version.
Michael, S. W. (2004) Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes. T.F.H. Publications

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Coral Beauty Angelfish
Coral Beauty Angelfish

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Gets to about 4 inches (10 cm) and their colors can vary depending on where they were collected. Overall it usually has a yellow body with purple vertical stripes and purple or blue fins. They can also get aggressive with tank mates and may nip corals.

Eibli Angelfish
Eibli Angelfish

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Eibli Angelfish
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