Centropyge interruptus is referred to as the Japanese angelfish or Interupta Angelfish and a spectacular rarity and showpiece to any reef aquarium. The hardiness combined with amazing vibrant orange, blue and purple coloration makes this fish to one of most wanted species.
Like most of the Centropyge genus, the Japanese Angelfish can be relatively peaceful in a reef aquarium.Centropyge interruptus have been noted to be protogynous hermaphrodites and there have been reports of spawnings taking place in home aquariums.
They are among the largest of the Centropyge genus so a 120 gallon aquarium is recommended as the smallest that should be used to house this impressive beauty.
Centropyge interruptus is very rare collected for the hobby and very expensive too.
Like the most Centropyge it will spend its day happily grazing on bits of algae growing on live rock and other aquarium decorations. It is possible to keep this Angelfish away from corals with good and frequent feeding. The Japanese Angelfish will readily accept most frozen and prepared foods such as mysid or frozen shrimp and angelfish preparations. If not kept in a well established aquarium it is advised to include marine algae (Wakame, Nori, Kelb) to the daily feeding.
North Pacific, southern Japan and Midway; 19 cm; rare
Very common in Ogasawara and Izu Islands, but very rare in Okinawa; Midway
population slightly paler; sometimes seen by divers in our area but deeper, some 10
meters depth or more; sometimes schooling; males with much blue on face; recently
successfully aquacultured; large adults rarely acclimate in aquaria