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Species Name: Centropyge loricula

Authority: (Gunther, 1874)

Common Name: Flame Angelfish

Range: Indo-Pacific Ocean: New Guinea, Solomon Islands to New Caledonia, Marshall Islands, and Hawaiian Islands

Size: 3.5 inches - 9 cm

Natural Environment: Inhabits outer reef slopes near areas of live coral at depths between 15 to over 150 feet (5 – 45 m)

General Husbandry: Prefer a temperature of 70 - 80°F (21 – 27°C) and natural diet consists mainly of algae, yet accepts a wide variety of foods in the aquarium including fortified brine shrimp, mysis, and flake food (especially Spirulina). Is particularly fond of the new growth on Caulerpa. Needs numerous feeding per day. Probably the most popular of all the pygmy angelfish. The male tends to be slightly larger than the female and more orange in the center with more blue trim on the rear edge of the dorsal and anal fins. Seems to be fairly well behaved with inverts, yet as time passes it ‘may’ begin nipping on sessile invertebrates. May be best for the community of fishes if this is the last one added to the aquarium. Captive-bred specimens are slowly becoming available.

Aquarium Suitability: Very hardy, yet needs a lot of algae to dine upon. Can be aggressive to smaller tankmates, besides picking on clam mantles.

Potential Controller Of:
Ulva rigida (Sea Lettuce)
Ulva lactuca
Derbesia marina
Derbesia species 2
Derbesia species 1
Diatoms Stringy Growth
Diatom Coating
Oscillatoria sp. 2
Oscillatoria sp. 1
Enteromorpha prolifera
Enteromorpha linza
Enteromorpha intestinalis
Enteromorpha compressa
Boodlea species

Flame Angelfish (Centropyge loricula  ) Photo Credit:Bob Goemans

Photo Credit: Bob Goemans

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