Scientific Name: Centropyge tibicenSpecies:
Diet: Formula I & II, Spirulina Flakes, Nori & lots of Greens
Minimum Tank Size: 55gal
Relative Care: Experts Only
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These angels usually do very well in reef tanks as they’re usually smaller in size and don’t grow very large. Because of the small size, most can be kept in reef tanks as small as 30-55 gal tanks, but they do require hiding spaces. Some are hardy while others are actually pretty shy and actually will not eat and just waste away. Like all angels, some will pick at corals and clams, so they need to be watched when placed in a reef tank. These angels don’t live as long as some of the larger angels, with some living only up to 5 years, while others, quite a bit less. Some pygmy angels can be mixed together, but it’s usually best to just have one per tank unless the tank is large as they will usually fight. They do very well with the larger angels and usually can be mixed very easily. They also do very well in FOWLR tanks and get along with most other fish. They do best in established tanks, whether reef or FOWLR tanks. They will pick on algae in the tank, but should be fed nori, flakes and formula foods. A group of angels that doesn’t always eat and usually aren’t a good addition to a reef tank, as they have a high death rate.