Maculosus Angelfish (Pomacanthus maculosus)
The maculosus angelfish (also known as the halfmoon angel) is a real stunner, both as a juvenile and as an adult. Juveniles have the characteristic dark body with blue-white striping of all young pomacanthid angels, though their markings are especially bold and psychedelic. The adults are quite different, but at least as splendid. The adult phase of this species very strongly resembles that of the closely related asfur angel; the maculosus is distinguished from its cousin by the softer yellow coloration of its tail and also the attractive, darker blue flecking over its body body (especially its face and shoulders). Like its more common cousin, it has a big, irregularly shaped, bright yellow patch over each flank. While it is quite omnivorous, fresh macroalgae is likely an important (though easily overlooked) component of its captive diet.
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Size and Care Requirements
- Purchase Size: ~1.5″ (length)
- Max Size: 19″ (length)
- Water Parameters:~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.0-8.4, s.g. 1.021-1.023
- Color: Very dark with thin, wavy blue and white vertical striping (i.e. juvenile phase)
- Reef-Safe: No
- Feeding: Omnivore
P. maculosus Species Information
The maculosus angelfish is distributed across the northwestern Indian Ocean region including the Persion Gulf and Red Sea.
Benefits of Aquacultured Fish
Aquacultured maculosus angelfish offer many advantages over wild-caught specimens. For example, when captive-bred, they adjust much more easily to aquarium life. They are also less likely to carry disease. Aquacultured specimens can better tolerate shipping stress. Most importantly, by purchasing aquacultured fish you support the aquaculture of marine organisms and help to make our hobby more sustainable!
100% Alive on Arrival (AoA) Guarantee
We guarantee that every maculosus angelfish we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should it arrive in any other state, we will either replace it free of charge (including shipping) or issue store credit if the total livestock loss is under $40. For more information, please visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.