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Centropyge argi
Cherubfish, Cherub Dwarf Angel, Pygmy Angelfish

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Name: Centropyge argi
Size BehaviorReef
Origin: Caribbean
8 cm Peaceful Low Risk


I have had a Cherub Angel Fish in my tank for about 3 months. He is a very placid and interesting fish, that spends most of his time in and out the reef rocks and not at all shy. I found that he likes Nori and a mixture of frozen foods.

Contributed by Buschcat

The cherubfish, pygmy angelfish, or cherub angelfish, is a wonderful little fish. They only grow to about 8 cm in length and are not over sensitive, even though almost all of these angels are wild caught. Their diets include frozen Pygmy Angel Formula, frozen mysis, brine, and high quality marine flake food. They will eat off the substrate, but appreciate some target feeding when they first arrive. Live rock is a must for these reef-dwelling fish. They zip in and out of caves and crevaces like no other, but are visible most of the time. One serious problem I've had with this fish is cyanide poisoning. Due to all of them being wild caught, it's hard to tell which has been net or hand caught, and which has been chemically captured. Unfortunately, my most recent Cherub Angel went for 2 weeks eating like a pig, and dashing in and out of rock, then just up and died one day. There were no scale blemishes, no torn fins, and no sign of illness whatsoever. So just be sure to ask your dealer to be honest about the catching technique of these fish! All in all, these are a wonderful fish for your reef or nanoreef tank.

Contributed by Megan Johnson

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