Potter's Angelfish (Centropyge potteri)

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Potter's Angelfish

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Potter's Angelfish

Centropyge potteri

114 Litres (30 US G.)

10.2-12.7cm (4-5 ")


8.2 - 8.5

22.2-23.9°C (72 -75 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years



Additional names

Potter's Angelfish, Russet Angelfish, Potter's Pygmy Angelfish

Additional scientific names

Holacanthus potteri

Origin[edit | edit source]

Eastern Central Pacific: Johnston and Hawaiian Islands.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

These fish are not easy to sex visually and do not breed in captivity. Mature males tend to be brighter in colour than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A relatively timid solitary Angelfish. Should be kept with robust yet peaceful similar-sized fish. Will nip at soft corals.

Diet[edit | edit source]

A fish with a voracious appetite, will nibble algae around the live rock continuously. Should also accept algae-based flake and pellet food. Is known to sample most things placed in the tank. Will also accept small meaty foods, but their diets should be predominantly vegetarian.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed two to three times a day, and it needs to have plenty of live rock and algae to graze on. Can starve if there's not enough food.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Introduce these fish to well established set ups at least 6 months old so these fish have plenty of algae growth to graze on. Do not keep a clean sterile environment as that could result in these fish starving. The appreciate plenty of secure live rock and hiding places.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active Dwarf Angel that will spend its time grazing algae in and around live rock and rubble. When introduced to a tank it can take them a while to settle in and a good week or so to begin to accept foods.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive oval fish which is amber-orange around the head, dorsal and belly fading to indigo towards the caudal fin. It has many slender vertical blue bars down the whole body and into the fins.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

In a shop tank with Flame Angel:

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