Potter’s Angel
Centropyge potteri

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size



Purple, Orange, Yellow



Water Conditions

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


General: Endemic to the waters of Hawaii, the Potter's Angel is an exceptionally striking member of the Centropyge genus in coloration and personality. A difficult species to care for upfront, the Potter's Angel should be under the care of an experienced hobbyist. Its demanding environmental requirements that provide for its feeding habits initially is what makes this a challenging species, but it will become hardier overtime as it acclimates and samples prepared foods. The Potter's Angel may be one of the most cryptic dwarf angels in the hobby, but it will become a more open-water swimmer as it settles in. Purchase an individual that is alert, brightly colored, and preferably already eating prepared foods if possible.

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. The Potter's Angel will likely refuse prepared foods for a period of time until it settles into its new environment.

Compatibility: The Potter's Angel is compatible with a variety of passive fish, including other Centropyge species. However, aggression may be shown to other members in the Centropyge genus from the Potter's Angel despite its timid nature. The system should well exceed in resources and space if accommodating multiple Centropyge species, giving the best outcome of all dwarf angel species to coexist together. The Potter's Angel should not be kept with overly aggressive or competitive tank-mates. 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 Potter's Angel should be added to an extremely well established system with liverock. The liverock is absolutely necessary for this fish to survive initially and long term, as it provides grazing opportunities for the Potter's Angel. 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 70 gallons and will appreciate several openings and caves in the liverock aquascape to swim through.

Sexual Dimorphism: Difficult to distinguish male from female. Males tend to be more elongated, have a more pronounced darker area, and bluer fins.

Potter’s Angel Photo Gallery

Author: Aquatics Unlimited