This species owes its name to the red or amber body coloration that looks just like rusted metal. Their body is punctuated with black dots that diminish from the dorsal to the pelvic fins.
Quick stats – Rusty Angelfish
|Max size||4” / 10 cm|
|Aquarium||Min 70 gallon / 265 liters|
|Water|| 74-79° F / 23-27° C|
dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.5
|Lifespan||Up to 15 years|
Rusty Angelfish description
There is a bright sapphire blue coloration that outlines the outer edge of their dorsal and anal fins. However, most of the anal fins are dark. Except for its body coloration, the Rusty Angelfish looks just like the Coral Beauty Angelfish with a similar body shape.
Rusty Angelfish in the ideal aquarium
Setting up the best tank for the Rusty Angelfish requires a well filtered minimum of 70 gallon/265 litre tank. As shy species, the tank should be decorated with large amounts of live rocks that provide them with lots of hiding places and facilitate the growth of algae upon which they will graze.
These species are not good reef dwellers as they will often nip at the precious corals, sessile invertebrates and clam mantles.
These species tend to be overly aggressive to other Dwarf Angelfish species, and as such should be kept as the only Dwarf Angelfish species in the tank.
Rusty Angelfish feeding
Rusty 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.
Rusty Angelfish breeding
Just as with most Dwarf Angelfish species, the Rusty Angelfish are born female with the most dominant fish changing to male. They lack visible distinguishing factors between the male and female which makes it difficult to breed them in captivity.