Synopsis

  • Lemonpeel angelfish larvae (Centropyge flavissima) were raised from captive-spawned eggs at 77-79F on wild copepods and artemia.
  • The larval duration was 70 days.
  • First record of Lemonpeel angelfish culture.

Hardy and less aggressive than most other pygmy angelfishes, the Lemonpeel angelfish ranks among the most heavily traded marine angelfishes. It thrives on a diet rich in algae. This species is widely distributed and is common throughout most of Melanasia and Micronesia. It prefers water temperature between 77 and 82F. Adults reach a maximum size of 5 inches.

Left: A pair of Lemonpeel Angelfish (male on left). Right: 80-day-old Lemonpeel Angelfish juveniles in hiding.
Left: A pair of Lemonpeel Angelfish (male on left). Right: 80-day-old Lemonpeel Angelfish juveniles in hiding.

Captive-bred juveniles loose their blue dot after just three weeks. Juveniles in the wild keep it much longer. A harem of three Lemonpeel Angelfish spawned at my facility for over 5 years.