Common names for the Flame Angelfish include: Red Angelfish & Flame Angel. They are commonly found in coral reefs throughout most tropical areas in the West Pacific.

Dwarf Angelfish
Dwarf Angelfish

The Flame Angel is a dwarf Angelfish, which means they won’t grow to the size of the standard Angels.

These small, but beautifully coloured fish are not considered reef safe. Some people report having a model citizen in their aquarium, but that is the exception rather than the rule. They may start off as being reef safe, but most will eventually start nipping at your corals, and once they have the taste for them, there is no stopping them.

They are an active and very hardy fish, that bring a fantastic pop of colour to a fish only system. They are classed as semi-aggressive, which means they may bully some of the more timid fish in your system.

The Flame Angel is very sensitive to elevated levels of copper, and should never be exposed to levels near or above 0.15 ppm

Tank Requirements & Facts

Flame Angelfish
Flame Angelfish
  • Minimum tank size: 70 Gallon (320 Litres)
  • Prone to disease: No, these are hardy little fish
  • Beginner Compatible: Yes
  • Adult Size: 4 inches (10cm)
  • Reef Compatible: With caution
  • Predator Tank Compatible: No
  • Care Level: Easy
  • pH: 8.1 to 8.4
  • Temperature: 24°C to 27°C
  • Preferred Tank Level: Any
  • Lots of hiding places required
  • Number to a tank: To be kept singularly, they do not tolerate other species of Angelfish.


Flame Angels will eat a variety of meaty, flaked, pelleted & algae based foods. They require a varied diet.

  • These are omnivores
  • A varied diet will help with health
  • They are fast eaters
  • Live foods, frozen foods, pellets and flake will all be accepted


Place your fish in the bucket and then drip acclimate for about 60 minutes at a rate of 3 drips per second. This should bring the fishes water parameters in line with your tanks parameters.

Once your fish has been drip acclimated, catch the fish with a net and place it gently into your tank. Do not put any of the water the fish originally came in, into your tank.

Care should be taken after adding the fish to ensure there is a tightly fitting lid on the aquarium at all times.


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