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Species Name: Centropyge colini

Authority: Smith-Vaniz & Randall, 1974

Common Name: Colin’s Pygmy Angelfish/Cocos-Keeling Angelfish

Range: Western Pacific Ocean: Cocos-Keeling Atoll, Palau, Fiji, Guam, and Indonesia

Size: 3 inches - 8 cm

Natural Environment: Inhabits old coral heads, crevices, and caves in outer reef drop off areas and found at depths between 75 to 250 feet (25 – 80 m)

General Husbandry: Has a temperature range of 72 - 80°F (22 – 26°C) and natural diet has not yet been determined. They are expensive when available, and those that have been placed in the aquarium have faired poorly. A very secretive fish requiring numerous hiding places, i.e., caves and overhangs, and non-aggressive tankmates. Possibly, a bare bottom tank containing much coral rubble and rocks forming caves and crevices might be the best environment for this fish. Reason being they also feed on detritus, and bare bottom tanks make it easier for them to access areas containing this medium. It’s also quite easy to occasionally clean areas under loosely stacked rock and rubble in bare bottom tanks with the flow from a powerhead. Not safe with most stony corals. Unless you’re willing to tend to its needs, it’s better left in the wild.

Aquarium Suitability: Preferably a fish-only species, yet best left in the wild.

Colin’s Pygmy Angelfish/Cocos-Keeling Angelfish (Centropyge colini) Photo Credit:Hiroyuki Tanaka

Photo Credit: Hiroyuki Tanaka


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