Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Maculosus Angelfish
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Maculosus Angelfish
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Maculosus Angelfish (Pomacanthus maculosus)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 250 gallons
Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Reef Compatible With Caution
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 1' 6"
Color Form Blue, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
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Origin Africa, Red Sea
Family Pomacanthidae
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Overview

A good 'first choice' for a large angelfish, the Maculosus Angelfish is also called the Yellowbar Angelfish, Yellow-band Angelfish, Map Angelfish, or Blue Moon Angelfish. In its juvenile form, at 2", it is deep blue with several white vertical bars. The body is surrounded by a metallic blue color and it has a bright yellow tail.

As the fish matures and grows, a bright vertical bar will appear, and the white vertical stripes will disappear. A neon blue irregular pattern will start to show when the fish attains a length of 3-4", the center vertical stripe will turn a vivid yellow, and the tail a transparent yellow. As the fish reaches its maximum size, it will eventually turn a gorgeous blue with a large vertical yellow bar midbody. The caudal fin is transparent yellow, which distinguishes it from the Asfur Anger, which has a bold yellow tail and dark purple body.

The Maculosus Angelfish is hardy and grows to over a foot in length, so it should be kept in a 250 gallon or larger tank with only one specimen per tank. It is not a good candidate for a reef aquarium since it is prone to nip at stony and soft corals (sessile invertebrates) and clam mantles.

As a member of the Pomacanthidae family, the Maculosus Angelfish is hermaphroditic, difficult to breed, and indistinguishable in color variations from male to female.

The diet of the Maculosus Angelfish should include Spirulina, marine algae, meaty items, and high-quality angelfish preparations containing sponges.

Approximate Purchase Size: Juvenile: Small: 1-1/2" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 2-3/4"; Large: 2-3/4" to 3-1/4" Sub Adult: Small: 3-1/4" to 3-3/4" Medium: 3-3/4" to 4-1/4" Medium/Large: 4-1/4" to 4-3/4" Large: 4-3/4" to 5-1/2" Adult: Medium: 5" to 5-1/2" Medium/Large; 5-1/2" to 5-3/4" Large: 5-3/4" to 6-1/4" X Large: 6-1/4" to 7"

Customer Testimonials

Bob O Buffaloe , MN
Malculosus angelfish is my most favorite angelfish. Recently I purchased both Malculosus and Asfur from Diver Den. Both are doing well in the 500 gallon system. Even though they are almost identical in size, they get along well and respect each territory (space and cave). I guess co-existence in the same capativity would be only possible if you in-house two angelfish in tons of liverocks (numerous hiding caves) in the huge system like mine. I notice malculosus is super shy while Asfur is much more swim around everywhere. He always darts and hides into his cave when we go by. But he always comes out again when we offer foods. For separate note, we had opportunity to visit Liveaquaria facility in WI last summer. I am super impressed with their quarantine system. Now I know why they can ship out such healthy specimens in good salinity (1.025). In my opinion it is very high risk to buy fish from "some" local fish stores who like to keep fish in very low salinity to hide something
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