Woodhead's Angel Fish


$ 51.66 

Scientific Name Centropyge woodheadi
Reef Compatible With caution
Care Level Beginner
Disposition Peaceful
Minimum Tank Size 25 gallons
Mature Size 5 inches
Diet Omnivore
Range Tonga, Southwest Pacific Ocean

Males can have a bit of black on their face, but other than that both sexes are all yellow. There is one variant from the the Coral Sea area of the Great Barrier Reef. This variety has a black horizontal band edged in blue on the very top back of the dorsal fin and sometimes a black saddle on the back. It was thought to be a different species, commonly called Woodhead's Angelfish and described as Centropyge woodheadi. But it is now recognized as a color variation, and is in fact the same fish. Some other common names for this species include Yellow Angelfish, False Lemonpeel Angelfish, Yellow Pygmy Angelfish, Golden Angelfish, and Heraldi Angelfish.

This dwarf angelfish not only adds a beautiful splash of yellow to your tank, but will also help control several types of algae and diatoms. Even though it looks like almost the twin of the Lemonpeel, it is a bit easier to keep. It is not as dependant on algae in its diet and will accept a wide variety of aquarium foods. This is a moderately sized fish reaching just over 4 1/2 inches (12 cm) in length. But it is generally peaceful and with the correct environment, can live well over a decade in the aquarium.

This is an excellent great dwarf angelfish for the intermediate aquarist that wants some yellow coloring in their aquarium mix. They are moderate to care for yet still need an appropriately sized tank. Though it has been thought of as a species with a 50/50 survivor rate, which may be due to collection practices, once acclimated it becomes a hardy pet. A juvenile could be housed in a tank as small as 30 gallons, but as an adult it will be less aggressive and more apt to survive in a tank that is 55 gallons or more. The tank should be mature and have a large amount of algae growing on the rocks, which can provide a main source of food for this fish. When first acquired they may not feed right away and this algae can sustain them until they acclimate. Form the live rock into deep crevices and caves so they can hide when feeling threatened.

Though overall they are peaceful, like all dwarf angelfish they can be semi-aggressive when they need to compete for food and space. Avoid other algae eating fish that will compete for food. They get along with most peacieful fish, just don't house them with large predatory fish or smaller aggressive fish like dottybacks that can stress them out. A male/female pair can be housed in a larger tanks of 75-100 gallons. With any other dwarf angelfish the aquarium must be 150 gallons or more with lots of hiding places and algae growth, and they need to be of a similar temperament to be kept together successfully.

The great thing about this angelfish is their desire to eat detritus and micro algae, both of which most aquarists do not want in their tank. So you can just look at them as part of your clean up crew! When it comes keeping them in a reef tank however, there is some risk to corals. They are not as dangerous to reef inhabitants as the Lemonpeel or Bicolor Angelfish Centropyge bicolor, but still warrant being watched closely. Most invertebrates are safe but a few copepods may be ingested incidentally, since they reside in the algae.