Lemon Peel Angelfish


Lemon Peel Angelfish or Centropyge flavissima

  • Lemon Peel Angelfish
  • Centropyge flavissima
  • Care: Easy – Intermediate
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Generally Alone, occasionally in pairs
  • Place of origin: Western Central Pacific
  • Coral Safe: Generally Yes
  • Critter Safe: Generally Yes

Lemon Peel Angelfish, Centropyge flavissima, are elegant dwarf angels that make great additions to marine tanks. They are great for someone wanting to add colour and activity in their aquarium.

These dwarf angels are mostly yellow in colour, with the exception of their large blue rimmed eyes. This vivid shade lends the fish its name. Lemon Peel Angelfish are mimicked by young Lemon Peel Mimic Tangs, Acanthurus pyroferus, before the tang develops its adult colour.

These Angelfish belong to the Pomacanthidae family. A group famous for their vivid colours. The name is Greek for, “cover” (poma) and “thorn” (akantha), which refers to the pair of strong spines on the gill cover.

Lemon Peel Angelfish Ecology.

These fish occur in the Western Central Pacific, in coral rich areas, such as lagoons, or in more exposed areas like seaward reefs and surge zones. Here they feed mainly on algae.

Lemon Peel Angelfish are also protogynous hermaphrodites. Meaning they start life as female and turn male as they get older.

Centropyge flavissima In the Aquarium.

It is important to have plenty of nooks or crannies where your Lemon Peel Angelfish can explore and feel at home. Keepers may also want to get a jump guard to stop any accidents.

Lemon Peel Angelfish are omnivores and do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept frozen Mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. We enrich all our frozen food with seachem garlic guard and Atvitol vitamins. These are great for keeping fish healthy by providing them with the nutrition otherwise lost in frozen food. In doing so, these additives support their immune system and increase longevity.

Lemon Peel Angelfish will eat masstick and graze on marine algae, that can be secured to the side of the tank with clips. Over time they will accept high-quality pellet or flake. We adapt all our Angel Fish to aquarium life before they leave us. We focus on their health, and most are eating a good quality flake food and/or pellet before being offered for sale.

Dwarf Angelfish can live in a mixed group or alone. Depending on some variables, it may also be possible for them to be pairs. Feel free to give us a call with any questions on this matter.


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