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Pygmy (or Dwarf) Angelfishes are vibrantly colored and, in contrast to their larger Angelfish cousins, rarely grow over a few inches in length. They inhabit areas at or near the base of coral reefs, usually never far from a safe hiding place. These fishes commonly associate in pairs and it is typical to see more than one pair of the same species living in the same area. Although some species feed on more specialized things like diatoms, bryozoans, and sponges, the main component of their diet is algae as well as things that live on or in the algae like microscopic crustaceans.
Pygmy Angelfishes are small in size, beautifully colored, rarely aggressive toward other fishes, safe to keep with most invertebrates and corals, eat nearly all varieties of commercial marine fish foods, and adjust well to aquarium conditions. This makes them ideal aquarium fishes. Potter’s Angelfish (photo above, left) is among the more difficult species of Pygmy Angelfishes to maintain in captivity and is suggested for hobbyists with well-established reef aquariums.