The African Flameback Angelfish, also known as the African Pygmy
Angelfish or Orangeback Angelfish, has striking contrasts of blue and
orange-yellow colors. While the body is predominately blue, there is a broad and
bright orange to yellow swatch from the head along the back to the tip of the
dorsal fin. The caudal fin is yellow and somewhat transparent, which
distinguishes it from the Brazilian Flameback Angelfish (also known as the
Fireball Angelfish - Centropyge aurantonotus).
Flameback Angelfish are found along the western coast of Africa, and are
commonly collected from the Kenyan coast.
Flameback Angelfish is a small angel that makes a beautiful, colourful resident
in saltwater aquariums. It often brightens up an aquarium with its activity and
colouration. However, it may be kept most easily singly. Flameback Angelfish can
be aggressive toward fish that they perceive as threats to their territories.
Often, fish of similar species, size, or temperament are not accepted. Flameback Angelfish have also been reported to nip at coral polyps,
which could be a problem in reef tanks, so they must be observed when placed in
such situations. They are generally considered to be reef safe and are reported
to show the less destructive behaviour than most dwarf angels. If you must keep a
dwarf angel in a reef environment, it is often recommended that you choose a
Flameback Angelfish. Flameback Angelfish usually do best in established aquariums
containing live rock, which they will often pick through in order to supplement
their diets with small organisms.
At maturity, Flameback Angelfish may reach about three inches in length.
Flameback Angelfish should have a variety of foods in their diets to ensure they
are receiving proper nutrition. Many will accept live mysis shrimp, brine
shrimp, lettuce, plankton, vegetable-based foods, or food formulated for
Angelfish. Most Flameback Angelfish graze on algae in their tanks.