Flameback Angel
Centropyge acanthops

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size



Indigo, Orange



Water Conditions

Alkalinity: 8-12 KH, pH: 8.1-8.4, salinity: 1.020-1.025, 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Flameback Angel closely resembles the Brazilian Flameback Angel (Centropyge aurantonotus), but has a yellow to transparent caudal (tail) fin that distinguishes them apart. Collected around Africa and the Maldives, the Flameback Angel is one of the smallest members of the Centropyge genus reaching a maximum size of just 3". The Flameback

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 Flameback 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 Flameback Angel coexisting with others in the genus. The Centropyge genus includes some of the most compatible angelfish for a reef system. The Flameback Angel, in particular, is one that often does not need to be added with caution as it typically does not bother corals at all.

Environment: The Flameback 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 50 gallons preferably with liverock to graze on and retreat to if necessary.

Sexual Dimorphism: Difficult to distinguish male from female.