Rusty Angelfish


Scientific Name: Centropyge ferrugata
Family: Pomacanthidae
Color: orange, brown, tan, blue

Fish Care

Fish Diet: Omnivore
Aggressiveness: With Same Species
Reef Safe: With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons
Max Size: 4"
Relative Care: Moderate


The Rusty Angelfish is the less colorful cousin of the Coral Beauty Angelfish. It is semi-aggressive with most fish, but downright aggressive with other dwarf angelfish that are not mates. Dwarf angelfish and large angelfish are typically compatible, however. Use caution when housing this fish with corals; it may eat or damage corals, clams, and some inverts. Provide plenty of algae in its diet and also offer meaty foods like enriched Artemia, frozen mysis shrimp, and plankton.

Photo By Izuzuki diver [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons