Dwarf Angelfish – Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge flavissima)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

The Lemonpeel Angel possesses a cherry yellow coloration with sky-blue highlights on the lips, around the eyes, on the pectoral fins and on the tips of the anal, caudal and dorsal fins.

Quick stats – Lemonpeel Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Fiji, New Caledonia
Max size 5.5” / 13.97 cm
Aquarium Min 70 gallon / 265 liters
Water 74-79° F / 23-27° C

dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.5

sg. 1021-1.025
Care level Moderate
Behaviour Semi-aggressive
Diet Omnivore
Family Pomacanthidae
Colors Yellow
Lifespan Up to 11 years

Lemonpeel Angelfish description

This species is often confused with a similar species called the False Lemonpeel Angelfish (Centropyge heraldi) but lacks the blue highlights of the Lemonpeel Angelfish. For this reason, the Lemonpeel Angelfish is also called the True Lemonpeel Angelfish.

Lemonpeel Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

Lemonpeel Angelfish - Centropyge flavissima

Setting up the best aquarium for Lemonpeel Angelfish will require a well filtered tank having a minimum of 70 gallon/265 litres and setup within the required minimum requirements of a saltwater tank which includes a zero ammonia level and nitrates/nitrites level less than 2 ppm.

The Lemonpeel Angelfish, compared to most of its relatives, requires larger amounts of live rocks to provide them with lots of hiding places and to facilitate the growth of microalgae upon which they would graze on.

They are not best kept in a reef tank as they would often nip at large-polyped stony corals and clam mantles. But if they should be kept in a reef tank, then caution must be taken to make sure that the corals are not harassed.

These species should be the only Angelfish species in the tank as they may tend to be aggressive with other Angelfish species. However, they can do well with similar sized and semi-aggressive species.

Lemonpeel Angelfish feeding

Lemonpeel Angelfish are omnivores and their food should be based on a variety of meaty and vegetable matters. Spirulina, fresh or frozen mysis shrimp, other high quality prepared foods and a lot of marine algae.

As a matter of fact, the Lemonpeel Angelfish requires more algae and seaweed diet than most of the Angelfish species.

Lemonpeel Angelfish breeding

The Lemonpeel Angelfish are very difficult to breed in captivity with little success stories beyond the spawning point.