Lemon Peel Angel
Lemonpeel Dwarf Angelfish
Origin: Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean
Natural habitat: it evolves in zones rich in corals, up to 20 m (66 feet) deep
the male is much larger than the female
300 L / 66 imp gal / 79 US gal
T°: 23 à 26°C or 73 to 79°F
pH: 8 to 8.5
Density: 1021 to 1026
from 10 to 14 cm (4 to 5.5")
Middle and depth
1 or harem
How to feed the Lemon Peel Angel?
The diet of this fish is omnivorous with a vegetarian tendency. For balanced menus, plan a vegetarian and a meat portion at each meal. For the meat part, you can offer chironomid larvae, mysis, enriched artemia, krill, tubifex and chopped mussels (especially the mantle) . The vegetable part can consist of algae such as spirulina or Nori, and salad, broccoli or spinach.
This active fish spends a lot of energy! So it has a good appetite and you will have to feed it several times a day with small quantities (at least twice a day).
When it arrives, prefer fresh and live food, then after a good acclimatization, you can switch to frozen and/or dry food.
What kind of behavior does the Lemon Peel Angel have?
He is an active swimmer who spends his day grazing on the algae in the scenery.
This fish is easily frightened and must therefore be secured to avoid stress. To do so, install a large rock formation that will provide shade and hiding places. Your fish will not move away from this shelter!
Who can live with the Lemon Peel Angel?
In the majority of aquariums, it is better to be satisfied with a single individual of this species. Indeed, in an aquarium of less than 1000 liters , the Centropyge flavissama does not support the presence of its congeners. From 1,000 liters/ 220 Imp Gal / 265 US Gal, install at least 3 Centropyge: 1 male and 2 females. Note that cohabitation will have a better chance of success if all the Centropyge in the tank (whatever their species) are introduced at the same time, if possible young enough.
The relationship that a Centropyge flavissama has with its roommates will depend mainly on the character of the individual: some are perfectly peaceful while others have a more quarrelsome temperament. This is especially the case with fish smaller than him. Therefore, it is preferable to add larger fish with a peaceful temperament.
The installation of corals is possible in large aquariums. Indeed, this Centropyge has a tendency to nibble the polyps of invertebrates. Therefore, the larger the volume and number of corals, the less damage will be problematic. A minimum of 500 liters / 110 Imp Gal / 132 US Gal will thus be necessary to introduce this species in a reef aquarium. If this behaviour becomes recurrent, there is probably a lack of variety in the diet of your Centropyge: offer very different meals and use either specialized foods or food supplements.
How to breed the Lemon Peel Angel?
The main obstacle to the reproduction of this species is the volume required: nearly 1,000 liters / 220 Imp Gal / 265 US Gal. Indeed, reproduction is only possible in hierarchical groups of 3 to 10 individuals (1 dominant male and 2 to 9 mature females).
The dominant male will choose a female and will parade around her on his way to the surface. Fertilization is external: eggs and sperm will be emitted by the couple just below the surface. This operation will be repeated several times. A complete reproduction can produce 200 to 300 floating eggs.
Retrieve the eggs quickly after laying and introduce them into a breeding aquarium. The water parameters must be impeccable: 26/28°C or 79/82°F, pH between 8 and 8.2 and density between 1,022 and 1,024). Incubation lasts between 16 and 20 hours (sometimes more) at 27/28°C or 81/82°F. After hatching, the young fish measure only 2 mm but have a small food stock for 3/4 days.
It will be necessary to wait 2 or 3 weeks before the yellow of their coat starts to appear. The larvae undergo two transformations before reaching the juvenile stage: one on the 45th day, then another on the 70th day.
Fry food: rotifers.
Interesting fact: all Centropyge flavissama are born as females and some evolve into males afterwards!
Which aquarium for the Lemon Peel Angel?
The decoration of the Centropyge must be composed of an important rocky part offering many hiding places: holes, caves, interstices... The more fallback areas there are, the more comfortable your fish will feel in its aquarium.
Complete with filamentous green algae that will also be part of its diet.
The presence of corals is possible if they are in sufficient numbers and in an aquarium of at least 500 liters/ 110 Imp Gal / 132 US Gal.
Finally, this fish appreciates a fairly strong current and good mixing.
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Easy to acclimatize and rather robust, this fish can be maintained by a beginner aquarist. To note all the same its sensitivity to parasites.
To choose your fish, observe it well: its skin must be healthy, it must not be injured and it must be moving all the time.
Beware of its resemblance to the Centropyge Heraldi which has no blue circle around the eye. Juveniles can also be confused with the surgeon Acanthurus Pyroferus.
Hybridization is possible with Centropyge vrolikii and Centropyge Eibli.
There are 32 species of Centropyge (or dwarf angelfish), making it the best represented genus of their family, the Pomacanthidae (or angelfish), which has 88 species in all.
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