Flamebacks or Centropyge
acanthops are members of the
natives of the western Indo-Pacific. Significant populations can be
around the shores of the Archipelago
chain as well as along the entire East Coast of Africa. These shallow
mid-water reef inhabitants occupy depths from 20 to 130 feet.
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This is a small
for dwarf angles. It only grows to a
adult length of 3 inches. What they
lack in size they more than make up
exotic beauty. This is one of the most striking of all the dwarf
bottom half of their bodies are a royal purplish blue. This is
dazzling yellow orange upper bodies. The upper body color starts just
their mouths sweeps upward behind their eyes and then follows the
their backs all the way to the base of their tails, hence the name
Dorsal, anal and pectoral fins are accented in neon blues. Caudal fins
typically yellow and semi-transparent. This species is very similar in
appearance to the Brazilian flameback angelfish even though they are
different species. Brazilian Flamebacks can be distinguished by their
blue caudal fins. This species is sold by the aquarium industry under
pseudonyms including; African Flameback angel, African Pygmy Flameback
Anglefish, African Cherubfish, Orangeback Angelfish, and Jumping bean.
latter reference should imply that this fish needs to be housed in a
This fish has a
aggressive temperament. They are generally
peaceful in a community setting provided they are in the company of
sized or slightly larger fish that are not docile in nature. This
be reef compatible if it is introduced to your tank as a small
abundance of cured live rock will help deter the possibility that it
develop a taste for coral and mollusks as it matures. Flamebacks
may express territorial behavior
toward similar looking species. These are harem fish. A single male and
females can be successfully housed together. The introduction of two
an aquarium could easily result in a battle to the death. This species
at a moderate care level. A minimum tank size of 20 gallons with plenty
hiding spaces is recommended. Flamebacks can live up to 8 years of age.
is an omnivorous species. Juveniles are primarily planktonic feeders.
lean more toward being algaevores.
however, also eat
small crustaceans, mollusks and coral in their natural habitat. This is
only a very young flamebacks should be added to a mariner reef
aquarium. If the
fish’s diet consists of plankton, it can be conditioned to
finding all the
sustenance it requires in supplied aquarium foods and live rock before
develops its adult dietary habits. A well fed fish will be less likely
discover that clams and corals are its favorite taste treat.
fish should be fed a high quality marine angelfish
food preparation. Foods formulated especially for angelfish contain the
essential nutrients needed to maintain a healthy specimen. Its diet can
further supplemented with vitamin enriched brine shrimp, mysis shrimp
or frozen spirulina algae.
is more than one benefit to buying this species when
they are still quite young. There are no distinguishing characteristics
males and females. Thus you will not be able to determine their sexes.
males can not be housed in the same aquarium together.
solved: These fish
are protogynous synchronous
hermaphrodites. They enter life genderless. They will all develop into
early in their lifecycles. If there are
no males present in the population as they reach sexual maturity, the
most dominant fish will change into a male. The introduction of several
these fish when still young into an aquarium will result in a single
a harem just as it would in nature. Despite their ability to change
these fish have not been known to breed in captivity.