Flame Angelfish



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The Flame Angelfish is a flashy addition to many aquariums. One of the most popular of the dwarf angelfish, the Flame Angelfish is a bold red/orange color with vertical black stripes highlighting the body and horizontal black stripes along the caudal portions of the blue-tipped dorsal and anal fins.

The Flame Angelfish requires at least a 30-gallon aquarium with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing. The Flame Angelfish is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles. If the Flame Angelfish is to be added to a peaceful community, it should be the last fish introduced. The Flame Angelfish adapts well to aquarium life, but should be kept in an established system and housed with dissimilar genera. The Flame Angel is very sensitive to elevated levels of copper, and should never be exposed to levels near or above 0.15 ppm.

The Flame Angelfish is hermaphroditic, very difficult to breed in an aquarium, and has no distinguishable differences in color between male to female.

The diet of the Flame Angelfish should consist of Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other high-quality meaty items.

There are slight differences in both coloration and markings of this species based on the location of collection. Flame Angelfish from the Central Pacific include both Marshall Islands and Christmas Island. Marshall Island Flame Angelfish are redder in color, with thicker black bars running vertically down the body. Christmas Island Flame Angelfish are normally red/orange coloration with thin black bars running vertically down the body. Flame Angelfish from Tahiti are rarely collected and are blood red in coloration and possess very little to no yellow. It is important to note that these color descriptions are a general guideline. Please expect variation among each fish. The price differences between different varieties reflect the difference in collection, transportation and importation expense.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible: With Caution
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4, dKH 8-12
Max. Size: 4"
Color Form: Blue, Orange, Yellow
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Christmas Island, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Tahiti
Family: Pomacanthidae

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paul richards May 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm

i have a 2.5 inch flame angelfish from liveaquaria.com and it is a great addition to a marine tank. i have a 29 gallon aquarium with a yellow tang, ark-eyed hawkfish, talbot’s damsel, occelerous clown fish, coral banded shrimp and of coarse a flame angelfish the tank i have has been running for 8 months now.

paul richards May 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm

I have a 2.5 inch flame angelfish from liveaquaria.com and it is a great addition to a marine tank. i have a 29 gallon aquarium with a yellow tang, ark-eyed hawkfish, talbot’s damsel, occelerous clown fish, coral banded shrimp and of coarse a flame angelfish the tank i have has been running for 8 months now.
If you get a flame angel i would reccomend:
1. you add the fish tom the tank after the tank has been running for 6 to 8 months with live rock because they will not thrive in a tank that does not offer proper grazing oppurtunities and they will perish in a tank that does not have the nitrates, nitrites, and ammonia under control.
2. you have at least a 30 gallon tank with weekly water changes in less frequent amounts. flame angelfish require a stable enviroment because they are sensitive to changes in salinity, temprature, and ph. because they are sensitive to these changes, it is essential that you change less because i heard people who have their angelfish go into PH shock.
3. you do not overstock. i am soon moving up to a 55 gallon as soon as my fish grow older. when they get older, they need to have enough room to spread aggression. this angelfish gets more aggressive as it gets older. somnetimes they jump out of the tank because there is not enough oxegyn in the water
4. get an R/O unit. tap water can contain the metal copper. flame angelfish specificly are sensitive to anywhere near 0.15 PPM of copper.

their are some pros and cons
pros: very beutiful, intellegent, personalities, easy to feed ,and relitively hardy
cons: sensitive to copper, requires more mantinance, needs specialised died of algea, prone to ICK

Johnny February 27, 2010 at 1:27 am

great fish! adds awesome color to your tank! they’re always swimming around..darting between rocks. they eat pretty much anything you put into the tank.

Andrew Castagna May 10, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I love this fish. It gets along great with my other fish and does not touch my corals! I love it.

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