The Potter's Angelfish (Centropyge potteri) at first glance may be sort of drab looking in appearance but under T5 actinics they really show off well. They are like the other dwarf angelfish and may fight with conspecifics and other dwarf angel species. A tank of 30 gallons or larger with lots of live rock for cover and grazing opportunities in between meals will be helpful. The Potter's Angelfish is not considered reef tank safe because it may nip at stony corals, clam mantles and maybe even zoanthids (ref: S. Michaels).
Getting them to eat aquarium foods like pellets or flake foods can be a challenge. Start with thawed or live foods like mysis and brine and wean them onto the other foods you want to feed them. Try giving them nori (seaweed) attached to a veggie clip too. Two or three small feedings per day is recommended.
You can buy the Potter's Angelfish for around $60 to $120 locally or online.
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Potter's Angelfish Care
Scientific Name : Centropyge potteri
Common Names : Potter's Angelfish, Russet Angelfish, Potter's Angel
Care Level : Moderate - acclimate them slowly to the quarantine tank or display tank
Size : Up to 4 inches (10 cm)
Life span : 5 years, likely longer
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 : Hawaiian Islands, Johnston Atoll - lives at depths of 5 to 140 meters among rocky and areas with coral growth.
Temperament / Behavior : These dwarf angels will fight with conspecifics and other dwarf angelfish species.
Breeding : Difficult to breed in captivity. Forms pairs and is an open water egg scatterer.
Aquarium Size : 30 gallon (113 liters) minimum
Potter's Angelfish Tank Mates : Keep them with similar sized fish, nothing too large or aggressive to eat them like larger Lionfish
Fish Disease : Saltwater Fish Disease
Diet / Foods : Give them mostly algae based foods, spirulina, nori, marine algae. Add in mysis shrimp, brine shrimp and other meaty marine origin foods. Needs to eat several times per day and will graze on the live rock in your tank in between feedings.
Tank Region : Middle to bottom
Gender : Don't know of any external differences between males and females.
Forum : Saltwater Angelfish Forum
Photo Credit : T. Sherlock (wikimedia)
Author : Mike FishLore
Michael, S. W. (2001). Marine Fishes, 500+ Essential to Know Aquarium Species. T.F.H. Publications.
"Centropyge potteri". 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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