Dwarf Angelfish – Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge acathops)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Otherwise known as African Pygmy Angelfish, the Flameback Angelfish has an amazing color combination and balance of blue and orange-yellow coloration, just as a flame.

Quick stats – Flameback Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Africa
Max size 3” / 7.62 cm
Aquarium Min 55 gallon / 208 liters
Water 74-79° F / 23-26° C

dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.5

sg. 1021-1.025
Care level Moderate
Behaviour Semi-aggressive
Diet Omnivore
Family Pomacanthidae
Colors Blue, orange, yellow

Flameback Angelfish description

Its body has a blue background with a bright orange to yellow band that runs from the head through the back down to the dorsal fin. They have orange eyes and also have a rather yellow but transparent caudal fin that distinguishes from a similar species known as the Brazillian Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge aurantonotus).

Flameback Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

Flameback Angelfish - Centropyge acanthops

Setting up the best aquarium for Flameback Angelfish will require a well filtered tank setup within the minimum acceptable level of saltwater requirements which includes a zero ammonia level and nitrates/nitrites level less than 2 ppm.

A minimum of 55 gallon (208 litres) tank with plenty of hiding spaces is required to house one Flameback Angelfish. An abundance of live rock is required to facilitate the growth of algae for grazing and also provide them with adequate hiding places.

The Flameback Angelfish are not coral safe as they will often nip at the precious corals and small sessile invertebrates including SPS and polyp corals.

They are semi-aggressive species, but will not bother other species unless their territory is threatened. They can be housed with other similar sized and semi-aggressive species, provided they have enough space to maintain and defend their territory.

Flameback Angelfish feeding

As omnivores, Flameback Angelfish should be fed with a balanced diet of meaty food, vegetables and algae matters. Spirulina, fresh or frozen mysis shrimp, and other quality prepared foods are among the best food choices for the Flameback Angelfish.

Flameback Angelfish breeding

The Flameback Angelfish is an egg scattering species with success records of breeding them in captivity.