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Centropyge loricula
Flame Angel

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Very vibrant fish! Beautiful colors. Mine loves to swim out in the open and graze upon all of the rock. Likes to pick at the seaweed I put in my tank as well. Excellent fish!

Contributed by Justin

This was my last addition to my busy 130 litre corner tank and seemed to settle in straight away, apart from a run-in with my yellowtail damsel, he soon showed him who was boss. Will eat anything I put in tank from brine to lettuce :) Definitely the best looking marine fish by far, never bothers with my leather corals or multi-polyps.

Contributed by paul

I've had my Flame Angel for a few months now, he is a little shy still with the Powder Blue but he squares up to my Orange Spot Goby on a regular basis. I have had trouble with the Flame Angel pecking holes in my anenome, which I feel lead to the death of the anemone.

Contributed by Gemma

I have had a flame angel for about two months now. I was pleased at first of the fish. I then noticed it picking on a few of my corals. I am now in the process of giving it up. Be aware that there is a chance that this will happen.

Contributed by a visitor

With 70 kg of live rock in my 600 L invertebrate tank, I introduced my flame angel and male birdnose wrasse on the same day as the first two fish in my tank. I let the live rock mature for six months before adding any fish, letting the vegetation flourish magnificently, so much so, that when I clipped some sea weed into the tank, it was totally ignored. Flame grazes all day long on the rocks, and although she likes brine shrimp and bloodworm, sometimes she even ignores them and keeps grazing while I feed. It took a great deal of patience to hang on for six months without having fish, but it has certainly paid off. I recommend this to anyone, who intends to keep grazers. I will shortly introduce other grazers: a coral beauty, a regal tang and a pair of ocellaris clowns for my Heteractis magnifica.

Normally I would not put a flame angel into a tank as its first inhabitant, but these magnificent fish are so hard to get in pristine condition, that the day she came off the Barrier Reef and I was able to obtain her immediately, I could not wait any longer. She started grazing the minute I put her in the tank, never stops exploring all the caves and crevices, never touches any of more than two dozen corals, tube worms and sponges and is an absolute delight to watch. In my opinion she shares first place with Synchiropus splendidus (mandarin) as the most beautiful aquarium fish.

But the most interesting phenomenon which has developed is this: she has developed an incredible relationship with the male birdnose wrasse. She cruises with him at just few cm away, very peacefully most of the day and even shares the same cave at night with him. When he occasionally changes homes, she follows him there too. They are totally inseparable. At feeding time she takes second place, accepting the smaller morsels down below, while birdnose feeds frantically up above. She is definitely not the boss in the tank, as I thought she would be.

Contributed by Helly Kemp

I have had my flame angel for nearly a year now and it is around 6 cm long. It's in a 75 cm reef tank with two small ocellaris clownfish and a slightly bigger dusky wrasse. I have mostly soft corals such as mushrooms and torches. The flame angel never bothers the corals or the fish. They look fantastic and are very interesting to watch as they swim through caves and crevices in search for algae. Their only downside is that they are expensive, but they are well worth it as they are hardy, good-looking and great for controlling algae.

Contributed by Chris

I recently purchased a stocked 200 L aquarium containing a flame angel, a mandarin, a firefish, a longnose hawkfish, a goby, hermit crabs, and a couple of corals. The flame angel is one of my favorite fish. It seems so content in the mini reef. It swims around the rocks and grazes, but it doesn't bother my corals, shrimp, or crabs. It excitedly accepts all food from flake to frozen to live brine shrimp and bloodworms. It also eats the macroalgae I place in the tank. When I bought the tank, the nitrates were high (60-120 ppm), and the flame angel was still fine. This surprised me as I always heard that flame angels were sensitive fish. Overall, my flame angel is a peaceful, hardy little fish who is a joy to watch.

Contributed by Casey

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