Care Level: Easy
Reef Compatible: With Caution
General Description: The Maculosus Angelfish, also known as the Yellowbar Angelfish or Blue Moon Angelfish, is native to the Red Sea off the coast of Africa. As a juvenile, the Maculosus angelfish has several vertical white bars that are interchanged between dark blue bars. This sort of pattern, while the interchangeable colors can vary, is common among many juvenile Pomacanthus angelfish. Distinguishing characters of the juvenile Maculosus angelfish is a faint yellow mark seen in the top – middle of its body and dorsal fin, and its caudal (tail) fin is yellow (can be pronounced or faint). As the Maculosus angelfish matures, the bar patterning is completely lost and an irregular neon blue pattern will appear over its body, predominately on the posterior end of the fish, with a defined yellow crescent shape in the middle of its body, and a translucent yellow tail. Overall color, and the transparent yellow tail, are two key differences between an adult Maculosus Angelfish and an adult Asfur Angelfish (Pomacanthus asfur). A hardy, large angelfish, the Maculosus angelfish can reach an approximate size of 15″.
Diet Requirements: In the wild large angelfish are very omnivorous. A varied diet of algae, proteins, pellets, flakes, and enriched frozen foods are important for best coloration and optimal health. Angelfish specific foods that include sponges are highly recommended.
Care Requirements: A minimum 200 gallon aquarium with 18+ inch width is ideal. Juvenile specimens can be temporarily raised in smaller quarters (no less than 75 gallons) as long as it is upgraded accordingly. This angelfish enjoys a variety of rock work and crevices to take refuge, but also should be provided with open swimming space. Typically, Pomacanthus species are semi-aggressive and can be territorial in nature. If you are looking to avoid potential rough-housing with other tank-mates, it can help to introduce a more pugnacious fish near last or last. Additionally, Pomacanthus often conflict with conspecifics (including other species within the genus). If you want to house multiple types of larger angelfish together, it is best to add them all at once, or closely together at the very least, and as juvenile or sub-adult specimens (which are not nearly as territorial as adults) for the best chance of success. If you want to house a dwarf angel (Centropyge) in an aquarium with a larger angelfish species, the dwarf angelfish absolutely should be added alone first and allowed plenty of time to establish itself. Ultimately, certain larger angelfish do best as the only angelfish species in an aquarium. While the Maculosus angelfish can be added “with caution” to a reef aquarium, they have been observed to nip at stony and soft corals, and clam mantles. Recommended water conditions, 72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025.
Purchase Size: Juvenile – Small: 1″ to 1-1/2″; Medium: 1-1/2″ to 1-3/4″; Large: 1-3/4″ to 2″; Sub Adult – Small: 2-1/2″ to 3″, Medium: 3-1/2” to 4”
Note: Your item may not look identical to the image provided due to variation within species. Purchase sizes are approximate.