Japanese Angelfish (Centropyge interruptus)
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265 Litres (70 US G.)
12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")
8.1 - 8.5
20-23.3°C (68 -74 °F)
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- Japanese Angelfish, Japanese Pygmy Angelfish
Additional scientific names
- Angelichthys interruptus, Centropyge interruptus
- Found in the Pacific Ocean concentrated around southern and central Japan and the northwestern Hawaiian Islands (Midway and Kure).
- Females will have blue speckling across their whole body, males just on the face.
- In 1978 Moyer and Nakazono showed Centropyge interruptus to be a protogynous hermaphrodite - in other words, they enter the world without a sex. As they mature, they first take on the female sex organs. Similar to other protogynous hermaphrodites, the male is the result of a dominant female that has undergone a sex change due largely to a male that has either died or disappeared in some manner.
- As with many Dwarf Angels, the Japanese Angel is best kept the only Angel to a tank unless the tank is very large (over 379 Litres (100 US G.)). They should not bother smaller more peaceful fish.
- Mainly grazes on algae, will also accept spirulina and Meaty foods.
- Needs a mature tank with algae covered live rock to thrive.
- Typical oval Angelfish shape, the body is bright orange in base colour with neon blue speckles and a yellow caudal fin.
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