Animal Stories - Lemonpeel Angel

Animal-World Information about: Lemonpeel Angel

The Lemonpeel Angelfish is a bright, spunky dwarf angel that loves its vegetables!
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maya - 2015-05-13
what fish eats this type of fish

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-14
    To get an idea of what types of fish they are fine with, and those they aren't, see the Social Behaviors  section above on this Lemonpeel Angel page.
  • Anonymous - 2015-09-24
    big fish such as big angel fish, small sharks, lionfish, and big puffer will pick on it
WaltC. - 2012-01-18
I have a large sailfin tang in my tank with 7 Blue-Green Chromis, a Niger Trigger (added last), Ocellaris Clownfish, Blue Spotted Sandsifting Goby, Black Top Butterfly,and an Anemone in a 75 gal. with a couple of Soft Soral. I plan on getting a Lemon Peel Angelfish and a Kole Tang, will this combination work?

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  • Editor's Note - 2012-01-19
    Sounds like a fun group! To answer your question, I would say no. This is why.... a Lemon Peel angelfish needs all the algae it can get that is naturally growing on your live rock. They also need some mysis and other meaty foods, but 70% to 80% of it's intake is the algae growing on live rock. Your Sailfin Tang, I am sure keeps your algae under control, and would irritate the Lemon Peel Angelfish to the point of aggression or starvation of the Lemon Peel. The Lemon Peel may also make short work of some of your corals.

    Kole Tangs, IMO are a better choice since they will eat the detritus and some algae as well. A Kole Tang may be a victim of harassment in a 75 with a Sailfin Tang and a Lemon Peel in the same tank. Again,as for the Lemon Peel Angelfish, it is a gamble with your corals, but it may be okay, just that Centropyge really need the natural algae.

    Hope that helps and maybe you can illuminate to us the reason for your interest in these two fish.
Lewis - 2011-07-26
Hi, I would like to keep one of these in a 30 gallon aqaurium with 6 chromis,1 Clarks clownfish,2 fire fish,2cleaner shrimp,1 diamond goby,1 scooter blenny.
Can anyone give me any help???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-26
    AHHH sure, I will try and help. Good news is you have a very interesting collection. Bad news --- the tank is too small. If you refer to some of the articles in Animal World (just take the one on the Blenny) he is recommended he have a 30 gallon tank all by himself. He needs room. Then lets take the 6 chromis - rule of thumb is 1 usable gallon of water for each inch the fish is going to be as an adult. 6 chromis run about 2.5 to 3 inches so there is another 18 gallons. The clown he is going to be about 5 - 6 inches so another 5 - 6 gallons. You have to subtract gallons for gravel and plants and decorations also. So here is the great news --- you can justify a really big tank. Have fun and enjoy.
  • Lewis - 2011-07-29
    So can I get a lemon peel?????
  • Lewis - 2011-07-29
    Go onto YouTube and look at some of my videos my name on YouTube is Fishyboy1998
tom - 2008-12-07
I have 3 angelfishes ( lemonpeel , flame and coral beauty ) im my 35 gallon reef tank for the past 6 months and so far everything seems to be ok. They show some aggression towards each, other especially during the feeding time. My tank is pretty crowded (12 fishes including yellow tang, 2 blue tangs, a pair of clown fishes, cleaner wrasse, royal gramma and 2 dartfishes, plus several corals). So I have to be careful when feeding. I change 10% water every 5-6 days which I prepare in a separate tank. I love dwarf angels so I couldn`t resist and keep only one. So far so good.


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  • cal - 2010-04-05
    I've had a lemon peel in my 39g tank for almost 4 weeks .I tried mysis shrimp ,omega one super veggie,cylopeeze,omega one flakes,and enriched brine shrimp. I don't see it eat or graze on live rock. It swims around once in a while and likes the cleaner shrimp. The coral beauty doesn't bother her at all actually the lemon peel is more dominant. Any hints for that behavior? Am I gonna loose it? Its tummy doesn't look full.
  • nick - 2010-07-18
    I have a lemonpeel a potters and a goldflake in a 40 gal and all is well.
  • Tom G - 2010-08-12
    12 fish in a 35 gallon tank including 3 tangs?
  • Tang Police - 2010-09-01
    First of all, what are you doing with 2 blue tangs and a yellow tang inside a tiny 35 gallon aquarium, secondly you should upgrade your tank to a size around 150 gallons or bigger to comfortably accommodate the tangs and the other 12 fish you have.
  • mindy - 2011-06-21
    I don't mean to judge or hate or whatever but I do think I should tell you that I have learned that while the fish seem small now they will grow! The tangs will be like 7 inches long! I'm sure your tank is beautiful and you like your fish, but consider getting a much larger tank or returning some fishy friends because they will die prematurely or suffer from a lack of space. Good luck!
Patrick - 2007-09-22
I have one and find it to be docile as well, though I only have one angel. I want a flame or coral beauty, but I think 72 gallons is too small. It does eat everything, but my other fish get theirs too. It has a great personality and whenever someone approaches the tank it is right there looking back at you as if you are on display.

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  • David Mackwell - 2010-11-09
    72 gallons is a good size for 2 dwarf angels but be careful when looking for your flame they are fussy eaters, plus ask the pet shop to show you it feeding, good luck, David.
rashr - 2007-02-27
I do believe the issue the other two gentlemen are having is the fact they both have more than one Pygmy Angel in their tank. I have a lemonpeel and love her....she is docile to all other tank mates and is best of friends with my Purple Tang. You need to feed lots of seaweed, I personally like the Julia Sprung's dried seaweed. Great and beautiful fish, but don't put more than one pygmy angel in your tank at a time unless you have 125 gals or more and they are introduced at the same time and as juveniles.

billy - 2007-01-21
I put a Lemonpeel and a Flame Angel in my small (60gal) established tank. All was well for 6 months, apart from some minor aggression. The aggression got more serious recently and today I found my Flame almost motionless in a top corner of the tank. The Lemonpeel had ripped him to shreds. He's in a recovery tank now and should be alright. The Lemonpeel has to go as he is the bully. He seems to get bored and start trouble for fun. Eats anything I put in the tank though - especially brine shrimp.

Sean - 2006-01-19
I disagree with this fish being peaceful and vegetarian. The one I have is a bully who eats anything that goes into the tank. I once placed 2 pieces of seaweed into the tank, and the fish guarded both pieces from my Flame Angel, and Midas Blenny. Currently it resides in the sump which is also a refugium.