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belong to the family Pomacanthidae.
fish is indigenous to the Indo-Pacific with
populations existing all the way to Easter Island. Their
presence has recently been reported around the reef system near He'eia
Pier in Kaneohe Bay in Oahu, Hawaii although
they are not endemic to those waters. Their presence is thought to be
aquarium trade related release into virgin territory. This species most
frequently inhabits shallow lagoons and exposed seaward reefs in lower
zones at depths of up to 180 feet.
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dwarf angles are real eye catchers in a saltwater aquarium. Their
chrome yellow as opposed to the intricate patterning found on many
species. This vibrant coloring is accented
by a circle of neon blue around their eyes, and along the outer edge of
gill covers and fins. Juvenile lemonpeels have a large black ocellus
rimmed in blue on the sides of their body. These eyespots will fade
as the fish matures.
and among the
aggressive of all the dwarf angel varieties.
Do not attempt keep this
with other angel species. A prolonged territorial dispute is almost
This turf war will generally continue until only the victory remains
claim dominion over its territory. Same species feuds are a different
together. These are harem fish. A single male can be kept with a single
a small group of females without anything more exciting than an
domestic quarrel. Do not attempt to house two males together. These
fine additions to a FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) aquarium as long
are surrounded by semi-aggressive species of similar size. The
a dwarf angel to a marine reef tank always comes with a note of
this case it is not worth the gamble. This species has a renowned
for large-polped stony corals and trinanid clam mantles. Despite its
demeanor, lemonpeels are one of the least hardy of dwarf angel species.
are rated at a moderate care level. A large assortment of live rock
with micro-algae growth will help to insure their chances of long-term
survival. Under premium conditions this fish may reach up to 12 years
of age in
you intend to keep a group of lemon peels in an
aquarium together, you will want to purchase them as young juveniles.
angels, these are protogynous synchronous
hermaphrodites. They are
born genderless. In the primary stages
of their life cycles every fish will develop into a female. The male
present in each female. Every female has the ability to transform into
This morphological transition is determined by the lack of a male of
species in a given population. Hormonal changes will be triggered in
largest, most dominant member of the female populace. The end result is
single male whose charge it is to prorogate the species. In the event
seed carrier’s demise, the second most dominant female
becomes its successor.
This change in gender is permanent. Males do not have the ability to
angels are omnivorous. A juvenile’s diet consists primarily
of plankton. Adults
derive their sustenance from a combination of small crustaceans,
worms interfused with copious amounts of algae. A high quality food
formulated for marine angelfish should be further supplemented with
chopped seafood and dried or frozen algae products.
species rarely breeds in captivity. In their
natural environment they have the ability to cross over inter-species
and mate with other dwarf
angelfish including; half-black
(Centropyge vroliki) and Eibli Angelfish
eibli). The resulting hybrids are exceedingly rare and
trophy among serious saltwater aficionados.
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