Fish Type: Pygmy Angel
Scientific Name: Centropyge flavipectoralis
Aggressiveness: Caution Needed
Max Size: 4"
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gal
Relative Care: Moderate
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The Yellowfin Angelfish is also known by the descriptive common name, Moonbeam Angelfish. The Yellowfin Angelfish sports showy yellow pectoral fins that contrast dramatically against a dark brown body coloration with metallic navy-blue vertical bars. As its common name suggest, the yellow pectoral fins appear like moonbeams peering through a dark midnight sky. The effect of this striking coloration is accentuated as the Yellowfin Angelfish swims.
A minimum of a 70-gallon tank with lots of hiding places and live rock for grazing will provide a good environment. The Yellowfin Angelfish should not be housed with other dwarf Angelfish or similar looking fish. Caution is advised if introducing the Yellowfin Angelfish to a reef aquarium since it is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates). The Yellowfin 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 Yellowfin Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysis or frozen shrimp, and other meaty fare.