Flame Angelfish Pair


Flame Angelfish Pair also known as Centropyge loriculus.  For years the most desired dwarf angelfish in the hobby and just one look and you can see why. The bright red body features jet black bars that resemble flames. The tips of the dorsal and anal fins fade from deep purple to electric blue. The Flame Angelfish is easy to keep and needs little experience to keep and so a perfect fish for beginners. The fish is also tough and will readily accept any pellet or flake foods. It might surprise you that we have for years been totally happy to allow them as first fish.

Flame Angelfish Pair or Centropyge loriculus are they reef safe.

Flames are mostly reef safe but there can be exceptions but as far as Centropyge angels go they are one of the safest.

Flame angel Sexual dimorphism

Difficult to tell the males are properly bigger and also chunkier and maybe a bit more colour in the tail fins. Pairing though is easy we have sold pairs of flame angels for years much to the ridicule of those that new better but nowadays it has become common. We select two fish using our best guess and if they do not squabble and get along in a smallish tank for a few weeks.  Then we are confident to sell them as a compatible Flame Angelfish Pair as we still cannot guarantee their sex.

Centropyge loriculus or Flame Angel distribution

West to central Pacific, ranging from eastern Indonesia to the Marquesas Islands. Common in Palau, the Marianas, Marshalls, and Society Islands. Depending on locality, occurs from shallow reef crest to 60m.


Flame angelfish are extremely chemical sensitive great care should be taken when treating these fish with copper. Also, household sprays such as air fresheners are known to kill these fish. This also includes plug in air fresheners. Flames are not the only fish that Sercombe to air fresheners and the like but will one of if not the first to die.


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