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Bicolor Angelfish

 
The Bicolor Pygmy Angel has a yellow front with a deep blue rear. The tail is yellow and there is a deep blue bar over the eyes. Bicolor Pygmy Angels are often found in groups in the wild, with a solitary male and a harem...


Scientific Name Centropyge bicolor


Common Names Bicolor Angelfish, Gold and Blue Angelfish, Oriole Angelfish, Boray-boray, Two color angel


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Comments This fish is pretty and very active. Always swimming around and pecking at the rock. I have seen him take stabs at nibbling my anemone, mushroom coral, and nassarius snails, but then it stops (ono the anemone very quickly), and I have not seen any damage done. He eats vigorously, though it took him a couple days to start accepting flake. He will take mysis shrimp directly from my hand. He vigorously attacks frozen food at first... then seems to lose interest in it and stops nibbling. I have had him 6 months, and he is doing fine.

Originally he was mean to my bicolor blenny, but now its my blenny that chases him around. Neither of them seem capable of hurting the other, I have observed them being finicky with eachother for hours. The angel does chase my fire fish around if he is out though.


Liked about it I like his color, his activity, and he seems hardy. He will come to the side of either side of my tank and stare at me if I put my face close to the glass. I guess he wants more food.


Didn't like Does nibble at snails and some corals, I have to observe him a lot in case he does start damaging stuff, and I am worried he may be too big for my 46g bow front. His colors have gotten much more intense since the fish store, but it seems he would benefit from at least a 55g if not 70+ gallon. I wish I had known more about him before I got him, I might have tried one of the other dwarf angel fish.


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3.5

By flapjackfritz
Mar 07, 2011
 
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even for a dwarf angel, this one can get a bit large

Comments This is one of the larger of the dwarf angels, reaching about 6 inches as an adult. They don't require a lot of space, say something on the order of 40 gallons or more, but they can be a bit aggressive and probably won't do well with corals. If you have a small fish only tank, this would be a good choice for the showpiece fish, adding in other small non-like fish with it.


Liked about it The bicolor angel is a very attractive fish that is pretty easy to adapt to captivity. The colors are very bold in healthy specimens, and they like a good diet which includes meaty foods and sponges (there are some good frozen foods on the market that include sponge, which can otherwise be hard to find). This is an active fish that will add a great color and should do well with other fish not in the angel family.


Didn't like A few thoughts about this fish. First, it is large, especially for a dwarf angel. I've seen them as large as six inches. While this isnt enormous, in smaller tanks this fish will dominate, so don't think too long about keeping one in a tank under roughly 40 gallons. Also, of the dwarf angels I've kept, this one was very quick to nip at clam mantles. I didnt end up keeping this fish long, and I wouldnt personally put much hope in housing this fish with sessile inverts. Otherwise, it's nice fish.


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3.0
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3.0
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3.0

By crvz
May 31, 2010
 
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My favorite fish!

Comments This fish is fairly easy to care for, but you must drip acclimate it carefully, they are very sensitive to new water parameters and salinity changes. In my 20 gallon tank(which is a bit of a stretch because they do better in at least in a 30 gallon, but he's doing fine!), it's very peaceful and doesn't bother anything. Luckily It's never nipped at any of my corals. Bicolor angels have a less change to eating/ nipping at corals if they're well fed. It really makes them more happy if you give them a bunch of small feedings rather than a couple big ones. Give them plenty of live rock to graze on. But they also will eat meaty foods like live brine shrimp, frozen and flaked foods. It's very fun to watch it go through the holes in my rocks, he's active and an exciting addition! It's an absolutely beautiful colorful fish!!


Liked about it Mine is reef safe, but it is a chance though, some are some aren't...It's has magnificant colors. And he's a very fun fish to watch, he's constantly exploring the tank.


Didn't like The only thing I didn't like about this fish was the acclimation, they're sensitive to water changes and you need to drip acclimate them over a long period of time.


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4.5
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4.0

By berger9953
Dec 29, 2009
 
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Not what I expected

Comments I bought this fish to replace my way too aggressive yellow tang. I wanted something with color and also a fish that would "graze" on the LR. Whether or not an Angel will start nipping corals in a reef tank is 50-50...I was willing to take that chance due to the beauty the fish adds.
I have read that these fish can be hard to feed. My Bi-color angel lasted less than a week in very established reef tank. I never did see it eat. My advice would be to buy one after you verify that it eats frozen or prepared foods.

I have given this fish the lowest rating possible. Please remember that it is based on MY experiences only.


Liked about it Beautiful coloration
Algae eater


Didn't like Very very timid
Hard to feed


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1.0

By Mr.Peanut
Sep 16, 2009
 
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Color ful fishy

Comments Ok my bi-color looked beautiful and swam around quite a bit for a couple of weeks and then out of no where he hid in the rocks and started to attack my tangs and he killed my pacific blue tang(hippo tang) so i ended up having to take all of my rock work out and stress out all my fish to catch him and remove him from my tank


Liked about it its colors are amazing and bright.
are algae


Didn't like killed my tang.
and they eat corals and nip at clams.


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2.0
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1.0

By collin
Oct 17, 2009
 
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Beautiful, just not suited for a reerf.

Comments Pygmy angles are beautiful and fun tp watch but they are just not suited for a reef tank. They are known to nip on most corals and can quickly decimate a reef. They aew bedt kept in a FO or FOWLR.


Liked about it They have a great color.
Lots of character
Fun to watch


Didn't like THEY WILL EAT CORALS!


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1.0

By ckusnierek
Oct 11, 2009
 
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