Dwarf Angelfish – Multicolor Angelfish (Centropyge multicolor)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Otherwise known as the Many-colored Angelfish or Pastel Pygmy Angelfish, the Multicolor Angelfish, just as the name implies is an Angelfish species with multiple coloration. 

Quick stats – Multicolor Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Marshall Island
Max size 3.5” / 9 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 Blue, black, white, orange, yellow
Lifespan Approx. 6 years

Multicolor Angelfish description

Its body has a pale-orange to yellow coloration. Black speckles on a blue background decorate an area just behind the eyes. There is a silvery-white horizontal swatch that runs through the mid-body down to the caudal fin.

The dorsal and anal fins are beautified with a blue black coloration while the caudal fin is yellow.

Multicolor Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

Multicolor Angelfish - Centropyge multicolor

Setting up the best aquarium for the Multicolor Angelfish will require a well filtered minimum of 70 gallon/265 liters that is set up within the recommended parameters of a saltwater tank, listed in the table above.

The tank should be decorated with lots of live rocks to provide the Multicolor Angelfish with plenty of hiding places and to facilitate the growth of microalgae upon which they will graze.

In the wild, they are deep water swimmers and as such will prefer a subdued lighting.

These species will often nip at the stony and soft corals, sessile invertebrates and clam mantles. Hence, if they should be kept in a reef tank, then caution should be taken to make sure that your precious corals, clam mantles and sessile invertebrates are not harassed.

They are one of the more aggressive dwarf Angelfish species and care should be taken in matching them with suitable tank mates.

It is worthy of note that the Multicolor Angelfish are also sensitive to copper medications.

Multicolor Angelfish feeding

In the wild, they are omnivores and would feed on a variety of meaty and vegetable matters. Spirulina, fresh and frozen mysis shrimp, and other high quality prepared Angelfish foods and meaty produce will make up the best foods for Multicolor Angelfish’s diet.