Flame Angel "Centropyge loricula"
Orange, Red, Black, Purple
Alkalinity: 8-12 KH, pH: 8.1-8.4, salinity: 1.020-1.025, 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit
General: The Flame Angel may be one of the most popular dwarf angelfish due to its adaptability, color, and relative hardiness. Differences in color and markings among individuals is common depending on origin. Prices of Flame Angels are variable due to different importation, transportation, and diver's fees from the regions in which they are collected.
Diet: Offer a diet of frozen shrimps, angel specific frozen foods, herbivorous foods (ex: Spirulina, sheet algae), a high quality marine flake, and other frozen options for optimal health, color, and longevity.
Compatibility: The Flame Angel can be kept with a variety of passive to semi-aggressive fish and is best kept as the only Centropyge angelfish in a system, unless all intended dwarf angels are introduced into a system at once. Keep in mind that the system should well exceed in resources and space if accommodating multiple Centropyge species. This gives the best outcome of a Flame Angel coexisting with others in the genus. The Centropyge genus includes some of the most compatible angelfish for a reef system. Take caution however, an especially underfed, under nourished, or crammed individual may nip at coral.
Environment: The Flame Angel should be added to an established system that has completed the nitrogen cycle. Fish are sensitive to temperature change; maintaining a stable temperature is important for the overall health of any fish. At full size, it should be housed in no less than 75 gallons. The Flame Angel is highly sensitive to copper and copper based medications.
Sexual Dimorphism: Difficult to distinguish male from female. Males tend to be larger and have more pronounced blue streaks on their dorsal and anal fins compared to females.