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Potters Angelfish

(Centropyge potteri)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Difficult   • Temperament: Peaceful, except with other Dwarf Angels   • Maximum Size: 4"
• Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons   • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4
• Diet: Omnivore   • Origin: Hawaiian Islands
• Family: Pomacanthidae   • Species: Angels (Dwarf)   • Aquarium Type: Reef Compatible

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Native Habitat and Species Information

Potters Angelfish native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

The Potter's Angelfish, or Potter's Pygmy Angelfish, is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands area, including the Johnston Atoll. The Potter's Angelfish has a brilliant color pattern that is best appreciated up close. Potter's Angelfish do well in community aquariums and most reef aquariums. As with other pygmy angelfish, the Potter's Angelfish should not be kept with other pygmy angelfish, unless in a very large aquarium where multiple specimens can stake out suitable territories.

The Potter's Angelfish is a brilliant orange on its main body, marbleized with pale to dark blue. The caudal portions of the dorsal and anal fins as well as the caudal fin are a dark blue-black. The amount of blue and overall pattern of the blue can vary from specimen to specimen. With some specimens exhibiting a large body of dark blue on the body, while others this area can be much smaller.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Potters Angelfish in the home aquarium.

The Potter's Angelfish requires at least a 30-gallon, well-established aquarium with many rock caves and crevices for hiding places and live rock for grazing on macro algae. It may nibble on soft corals and other sessile invertebrates in the reef aquarium, and should only be kept in more hardy or large reef aquariums. Potter's Angelfish should be kept with other non boisterous marine community species, and should not be kept with other similarly sized dwarf angelfish unless in an extremely large aquarium. Potter's Angelfish are hermaphroditic, thus there are no distinguishing characteristics to help differentiate between males and females.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to feed and provide proper nutrition for Potters Angelfish.

The Potter's Angelfish should be offered a combination of both meaty foods and plant stuffs and algae including Spirulina, marine algae, high-quality angelfish preparations, mysid or frozen shrimp, and other meaty items. An established specimen may also take meaty or brine flake or similar type frozen preparations.

Recommended for advanced marine aquarium hobbyist with well-established marine aquariums. Multiple caves or rock crevices are necessary to provide the Potter's Angelfish with a suitable aquarium habitat.

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