Multibarred Angelfish

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Centropyge multifasciata - (Smith & Radcliffe, 1911)
Multibarred Angelfish

A delicate beauty that demands expert aquarium husbandry. Scott W. Michael


One of the heartbreak species, quite beautiful but shy and often difficult to maintain in the aquarium. Most individuals are reluctant to feed in captivity.

Family: Pomacanthidae

Other common name(s):

  • Manybanded Angelfish

Native range:

Habitat: Typically found in deeper habitats, typically steep reef slopes, where it stays in or close to a cave or rocky hiding place. In the aquarium it should be provided with numerous rocky hiding places.

Maximum length: 12 cm (5 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 208 L (55 gal)

Lighting: Does best in reduced lighting.

Water: Marine 24 °C (75 °F) - 28 °C (82 °F)

General swimming level: Near substrate or cave. Often hangs upside-down under ledges or in caves.


Difficult to feed. Varied diet, including vitamin-enriched brine shrimp, mysid shrimp, finely chopped crustacean flesh, as well as frozen preparations for angelfishes and herbivores.

It may also feed on microalgae, detritus, and live sponges growing on live rock. Feed at least 3 times daily.

Aquarium Compatibility

May nip at large-polyped stony corals. Will not bother most soft corals.

Special Care

It may adapt better if the aquarium has reduced lighting levels typical of deeper reef areas. (In nature, it is usually found from 7 to 70 meters deep or 23–230 feet.)


Not bred in captivity. Pelagic eggs and larvae. Wild hybrids resulting from spawnings with the Purplemask Angelfish, 'Centropyge venusta' have been reported.


Juveniles have a distinct, large blue ocellus (eyespot) on the posterior portion of their dorsal fins.

Reference: A PocketExpert Guide to Marine Fishes
Image credit: SWM
Text credit: SWM