Dwarf Angelfish – Golden Angelfish (Centropyge aurantia)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

The Golden Angelfish otherwise known as the Velvet Dwarf Angel is one of the dwarf but rare Angelfish species. They are cryptic in nature which also makes them prized species in the aquatic world and hard to find too.

Quick stats – Golden Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Indonesia, Vanuatu
Max size 4” / 10.16 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 Difficult
Behaviour Peaceful
Diet Omnivore
Family Pomacanthidae
Colors Red, orange, yellow
Lifespan 6 years+

Golden Angelfish description

They possess a burnt orange/red coloration having thin broken yellow vertical bars that runs through the sides of the body.

They are hermaphrodites with no visible distinguishing color difference between the both sexes. This makes it difficult to breed them in captivity.

Golden Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

Golden Angelfish - Centropyge aurantia

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

The Golden Angelfish requires a minimum of 55 gallon (208 litres) tank with plenty of rock work to provide them with adequate hiding spots and to facilitate the growth of algae matter upon which they will graze. 

They are peaceful species but are suitably housed as the only dwarf angelfish in the tank. However, they can be added with other similar sized and peaceful species.

They can also be added to a reef tank, but caution should be taken as these species may often nip at the precious coral including Xenia corals. But they will usually only irritate these species rather than damaging them.

Golden Angelfish feeding

They are omnivores and prefer a balanced diet between meaty food, vegetables and live sponges.

In the wild, the Golden Angelfish would live up to 6 years, but with proper care, in captivity they can live up to 10 years.