Dwarf Angelfish – Yellowfin Angelfish (Centropyge flavipectoralis)

Updated on January 30, 2021 by

Otherwise known as the Moonbeam Angelfish (due to the yellow pectoral fin that appears like a moonbeam peering through a dark midnight sky), the Yellowfin Angelfish has bright yellow pectoral fins just as the name implies. 

This contradicts their dark brown body coloration with navy-blue vertical bars.

Quick stats – Yellowfin Angelfish

Category Info
Origin Maldives
Max size 4” / 10.16 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 Black, blue, brown, yellow
Lifespan Up to 10 years

Yellowfin Angelfish in the ideal aquarium

Yellowfin Angelfish - Centropyge flavipectoralis

Setting up the best tank for Yellowfin Angelfish requires a 70 gallon/265 liters or more with lots of live rocks that provides them with hiding places and facilitates the growth of algae matters upon which they would graze.

Yellowfin Angelfish should be the only Dwarf Angelfish in the tank as they can be overly aggressive with other Dwarf angelfish or similar looking fish. However, these species can do well with other fish species with similar temperaments.

They can be introduced in a reef tank, but caution should be taken as these species tend to harass and nip at the precious coral, sessile invertebrates and clam mantles, but that is much they can do without damaging the corals.

Yellowfin Angelfish feeding

Yellowfin Angelfish are omnivores and their food should be based on a variety of meaty and vegetable matters. Spirulina, fresh or frozen mysis shrimp and other high quality prepared foods makes the best food for Yellowfin Angelfish.

They should be fed thrice daily with as much as they can finish in a few minutes.

Yellowfin Angelfish breeding

Yellowfin Angelfish are hermaphrodites and lack distinguishing characteristics between males and females, thereby making it difficult to breed them in captivity.