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Lemonpeel/Halfblack Pygmy Angel - Centropyge flavissima x vroliki

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The Hybrid Lemonpeel Pygmy Angel is a rare cross between a Lemonpeel Pygmy Angel (Centropyge flavissima) and a Half Black Pygmy Angel (Centropyge vroliki). They are bright yellow with bright blue accents around the eye and on the gill cover like the Lemonpeel Pygmy Angel but are dark grey to black in the tail and rear half of their body like the Half Black Pygmy Angel. As with all hybrids, the influence of "Lemonpeel" and "Half Black" parents of each fish will vary and each fish will be unique; the fish you receive may vary in appearance from the examples shown here.

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.
Common NameHybrid Lemonpeel Halfblack Pygmy Angel
Scientific NameCentropyge flavissima x vroliki
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)5.5
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
Specific Gravity Range1.020-1.024
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82

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