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Species Name : Centropyge Ferrugata
Care Level : Moderate
Temperament : Semi-aggressive
Color : Red, Yellow, Blue
Diet : Omnivore
Reef Compatible : With Caution
Water Conditions : sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size : 4"
Origin : Indonesia
Family : Pomacanthidae
Minimum Tank Size : 50 gallons
Centropyge Ferrugata, the Rusty Angelfish, is a species of marine ray-finned fish, a marine angelfish belonging to the family Pomacanthidae. The Rusty Angelfish gets its name from its predominantly red or amber coloration.
Centropyge Ferrugata has a brownish-orange body marked with black spots on the upper flanks. The caudal, dorsal and anal fins have a bright blue margin. The anal fin is dark and both the dorsal and anal fins are rimmed in bright, sapphire-blue. This species attains a maximum total length of 10 centimetres (3.9 in).
It is not advisable to keep a Rusty angelfish in an aquarium smaller than 50 gallons. The aquarium should contain plenty of live rock with prolific algae growth. Including a lot of hiding spots in the set up is very important if you want your Rusty angel to thrive.
These angelfish are generally not overly aggressive with their tankmates. Like most angelfish, they get along with tankmates best when they are the only type of dwarf angelfish in the aquarium. Only combine angelfishes with distinct color variations and when added with other dwarfs, they should be added at the same time. The Rusty Angelfish is considered reef safe with caution. It is prone to do some nipping at stony corals, soft corals and clam mantles. Some specimens can turn really vicious, so keep an eye on your angel and make sure that it is well-fed at all times.
All Centropyge, including this species, are born as female, and as they grow within their social structure, the larger and more dominant fish will become male, while the remaining fish stay female. A bi-directional sex change has been confirmed for this species. This species can be bred in captivity.
The Rusty Angelfish is an omnivore with natural diet consisting mostly of algae and detritus. In captivity, they readily feed on live and frozen foods with marine or Spirulina algae, mysid shrimp, shaved shrimp, and other high quality fare. In mature tanks, they are found grazing on live rocks with natural algae foods (containing copepods and other small edibles) and diatom algae. It has been also observed that they like to eat tubeworms and nibble on clams.
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