African Flameback Angelfish (Centropyge acanthops) Care
The African Flameback Angelfish, Centropyge acanthops, is also known as the Orangeback Angelfish and African Pygmy Angelfish. These beautiful fish are hardy and do best in either a well-established reef aquarium or fish-only tank. Centropyge acanthops come from both East Africa and Brazil. Their head, upper sides, dorsal, and caudal fins are gorgeous shades of yellow and the lower part of their body and anal fin are a stunning royal blue. When the shades of yellow and blue meet, purple hues appear, giving the African Flameback Angelfish an alluring appearance. Due to their handsome looks, these fish will make a fine addition to your aquarium!
African Flameback Angelfish grow to a maximum length of 3 inches and do best in tanks of at least 55 gallons with plenty of hiding places. Some great hiding places can include live rock which you can purchase from our Aquarium Supplies section! They have been known to nip at some SPS and polyp corals in reef tanks. These fish should be kept in an aquarium with many rocks for hiding spaces. The rocks should include a sufficient amount of algae. Some great tank-mates for the African Flameback Angelfish are the Midas Blenny (Ecsenius midas), the Girdled Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus balteatus), and the Stocky Anthias (Pseudanthias hypselosoma). Dwarf Angels are compatible with most types of fish with a few exceptions.
Check out the compatibility chart to see what other tank-mates you can add to your aquarium. When paired with compatible fish, not only will your African Flameback Angelfish live happily and stress-free, your aquarium will look absolutely stunning.
To keep your African Flameback Angelfish happy and healthy they should be fed both green and meaty foods, including mysis or brine because they are omnivores. You can find these foods in our “Foods” section!
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