Dwarf Angelfish – Potter’s Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Native to the Hawaiian Islands, the Potter’s Angelfish or Potter’s Pygmy Angelfish is one of the Angelfish species with higher difficulty in keeping.

Quick stats – Potter’s Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Hawaiian Islands
Max size 5” / 12.7 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 Difficult
Behaviour Semi-aggressive
Diet Omnivore
Family Pomacanthidae
Colors Blue, orange, yellow
Lifespan Up to 6 years

Potter’s Angelfish description

The Potter’s Angelfish has a bright orange body coloration with marbles of pale to dark blue. The dorsal, anal and caudal fins have a dark blue-black coloration.

These species are hermaphrodites, lacking any visible difference between the male and female sex, and therefore making it difficult to breed them in captivity with no successful record yet.

Potter’s Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

Potter’s Angelfish - Centropyge potteri

Setting up the best aquarium for the Potter’s 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 above in the table.

The tank should be decorated with plenty of rock work that’ll provide them with hiding places and to facilitate the growth of microalgae upon which they will graze.

Potter’s Angelfish are best kept alone or as a mating pair. They can also be kept in a harem of one male with up to 8 females, but a minimum extra 25 gallon should be provided for each male added.

If they should be kept with other species, they should be added last to an already established tank with relatively peaceful species that will not pester them.

They are not safe for a reef tank as they would often attack the precious corals and sessile invertebrates.

Potter’s Angelfish feeding

Potter’s Angelfish are omnivores and will feed on a variety of meaty and vegetable matters including spirulina, marine algae, mysis or frozen shrimp, high quality prepared angelfish foods and other meaty products.