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Cherub Pygmy Angel - Centropyge argi

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The Cherub Pygmy Angel (Centropyge argi) has a dark purple body with a yellow-orange face. There is a purple-blue ring around each eye and the fins may have a blue trim. This is one of the true dwarf angels and only reaches a couple inches in length. Despite this small size, they can become quite territorial.

The smaller angelfish and "pygmy angelfish" available in the aquarium trade include those from the genera Apolemichthys, Centropyge, Chaetodontoplus, Genicanthus, and a few others. Of these, Apolemichthys and Chaetodontoplus are generally the largest. Centropyge is the largest group and some fish have been separated into new species and genera in recent years.

Suitable tankmates for most of these angels would be community fish like tangs, clownfish, damsels, gobies, blennies, butterflies and similar fish. More shy and passive angels can be kept with smaller, more docile tankmates. Angels should not be kept with other angels in the home aquarium to avoid territorial conflicts. Occasionally, two angels may tolerate one another in a very large aquarium if they have very different coloration and appearance, but is not typical. All angels have cheekspines at the edge of their gill cover and in the dorsal fin; use caution when handling and avoid using a net that they may become stuck or tangled in.

The diet of angels generally consists of meaty foods and algae. They can be fed a variety of frozen items like formulas, mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, scallops and others, as well as pellets, flakes, algae sheets and other foods. Many can be kept successfully in a reef, but use caution with any angels in a reef system, especially with polyps and SPS corals; some have been known to nip at the occasionally polyp, coral or clam mantle but not to the extent of the larger angel species.

Visit That Fish Blog for an Overview on Natural History and Care of Marine Angelfishes as well as a Species Profile on the Pygmy Angelfish and more from our marine biologists and aquatic staff.


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Common NameCherub Pygmy Angel
Scientific NameCentropyge argi
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)3
Min Tank Size (in gallons)30
Originwestern Atlantic
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

State Restrictions
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
Puerto Rico


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Fun to watch


I have one in my 40 reef tank. He is very active
<br>all the time and none of the other fish bother him
<br>at all. I have a black and white clown who likes
<br>to chum around with him. He constantly goes
<br>back and forth in the tank searching for food.
<br>He needs a lot of room to move around in.

Great Dwarf Angel


Great Dwarf Angel bought this guy at That Fish Place two months ago very healthy very active always searching rocks for bits of algae. A ton of personality can hold it's own with tank mates yet very peaceful has not bothered my corals.