We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is a Flame Angelfish?

By Cindy Quarters
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A flame angelfish is a brightly colored saltwater fish that thrives in larger aquariums. It is a rich orange-red, often with yellow on its sides. It has several vertical black stripes on its body, black-tipped fins and a few bits of bright blue on the ends of its anal and dorsal fins. The flame angelfish is popular among aquarium enthusiasts for its bold coloration, and at about 4 inches long (10 cm), it fits into many saltwater setups.

When adding a flame angelfish to an aquarium, it is important to provide plenty of hiding places. These fish, like many other angelfish, tend to hide themselves completely in order to feel safe. They should have a tank that is at least 30 gallons in size (113.5 liters) or larger for best results. The flame angelfish should typically be the only angelfish in the aquarium, as they can be a bit aggressive with others of their species. They should be added after all the others have had a chance to become established to reduce problems with territoriality.

The flame angelfish will bite at coral, clams, and mussels, so it should not be placed in a tank with living specimens of any of these unless it is monitored very closely, and promptly removed if problems are observed. Aquascaping with non-living rocks and corals is usually a better solution. The angelfish eats algae and enjoys picking at rocks that have layers of living algae on them. When allowed, this species will harvest much of its food on its own. In addition, the fish should have a diet rich in live or frozen foods, with a minimum of dried flakes in its diet.

The sex of a flame angelfish is not made apparent by any visual markings, and they have not been bred successfully in captivity. Typically, they are captured in the wild and transported to where they can be sold as aquarium specimens. They seem to adapt well to life in an aquarium, but sometimes bully smaller fish, especially at feeding time.

Flame angelfish are found in several areas of the Pacific Ocean, including around the Marshall Islands and in the waters off the coast of Tahiti. In each area the fish have a slightly different appearance, differing most with the presence or absence of yellow along the fish’s sides. Unlike other types of angelfish, the visible markings on a flame angelfish will remain the same throughout its life.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.