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Potter's Angelfish

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    ***Reef Compatibility Advisory******Captive Care Advisory***

    COMMON NAME: Potter's Angelfish

    OTHERS: None

    SCIENTIFIC: Centropyge potteri (Jordan & Metz, 1912)

    ADULT SIZE: 5.1 in (13cm)

    NATURAL LOCATIONS: Johnston Atoll and Hawaiian Islands

    MINIMUM AQUARIUM SIZE: 20 gal. (76L).

    SOCIAL: Like Fisher's Angelfish it like lost of places to hide and will dash from one place to the other.

    DISTICTIVE CHARACTERISTICS: Rusty orange on the front and back, shading to blackish below, with many irregular vertical grayish to deep blue lines. (Males have more blue.)

    DIET: Spirulina and marine algae, as well as mysid shrimp and other high-quality meaty foods. Feed 2-3 times daily and, ideally, provide live rock for constant grazing.

    REEF AQUARIUM BEHAVIOR: May nip at large-polyped stony corals, zoanthids, and tridacnid calm mantles. May also attack soft corals.

    CARE IN CAPTIVITY: A beautiful species, they do well in captivity if given peaceful tankmates and plenty of time to adjust. Like many angelfishes they are slow to begin feeding. It likely will not eat in the first 3 days or longer. It may starve in new or tanks without Live Rock and Sand. Will pick at diatoms.

    OTHER NOTES: Named for Frederick A. Potter, director of the Waikiki Aquarium from its founding in 1903 until 1940.

    (Information provided from a wide range of fish manuals and guides, including web sources)
     

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