Dwarf Angelfish – Tibicen Angelfish (Centropyge multicolor)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Commonly known as the Keyhole Angelfish or Puller Angelfish, Tibicen Angelfish is one of the largest species of the Centropyge genus. They derive its name from the egg-shaped vertical bar that beautifies the middle area of their body.

Quick stats – Tibicen Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Indonesia, Coral sea
Max size 8” / 20.32 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, yellow
Lifespan Up to 10 years

Tibicen Angelfish description

Though it has the shape and size of a Dwarf Angelfish often growing to less than 4.7’’ (12cm), it can also grow to an exceeding size of 8’’ (20.32cm).

These species range in color from blue-ish black to total black. The body is primarily dull blue to a brownish blue while the pelvic and lower portions of the anal fins are yellow.

Tibicen Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

Tibicen Angelfish - Centropyge tibicen

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

The tank should be decorated with lots of live rocks that provides them with lots of hiding places and facilitate the growth of algae matters upon which they would graze.

These species are not good reef dwellers as they tend to nip at the precious corals, sessile invertebrates and clam mantles.

Tibicen Angelfish feeding

In the wild, the Tibicen Angelfish are omnivores and would feed on a variety of meaty, vegetable matters, filamentous algae and diatoms. Spirulina, fresh or frozen mysis shrimp, other high quality prepared foods and a lot of marine algae make a great diet for Tibicen Angelfish.

They should be fed 2-3 times a day with just as much they can finish in a few minutes.

Tibicen Angelfish breeding

Tibicen Angelfish are hermaphrodites with no distinguishable color difference between the males and females, thereby making it difficult to successfully breed them in captivity.