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Scientific Name: Centropyge loriculus (Gunther, 1874).
The Flame is of the small Angelfish Centropyge genus
referred to as Dwarf or Pygmy Angelfishes.
Hawaiian specimens tend to be larger and have a deeper, more vibrant red color than those of the Indo-Pacific region, which are more orangish-red in color. The stripes on all species are still the same deep, almost fluorescent, deep blue-purple color.
With the color and size variations of this species from different geographic locations, and the fact that Hawaiian Flame Angels are not
abundant, the Hawaiian species are usually more expensive, not to mention desirable.
Distribution: Extends from Guam eastward to Hawaii, Tahiti, and the Marquesas Islands. In general it is found in Western, South, and Central Pacific waters.
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Average Size: To about 4 inches.
Provide plenty of shelter for hiding. Best kept in aquariums with ample algae and other live rock growth.
Minimum Tank Size Suggested: 20 gallons.
Characteristics & Compatibility: The Flame Angelfish is considered one of the best choices for aquariums because it usually adapts well to captivity. It is best kept singly or in mated pairs, and with other less-aggressive fishes.
Reef Tank Suitability:
Although touted by aquarists to be a fairly good reef safe fish
, it may nip at large polyped stony corals, zoanthids, tridacnid clam mantles, and even some soft coral polyps. Therefore, this fish cannot be completely trusted if these invertebrates are present.
Diet & Feeding:
An omnivore that eats both plant and animal fares, it should be provided with ample live rock and algae growth to constantly graze on, and is particularly a good diatom algae eater. Will accept most any type of fares suitable for omnivores.
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