The New Year has just begun and already we have exciting news for angelfish fans. Quality Marine has announced the availability of aquacultured juvenile Koran angelfish!
The first successful captive breeding of the fish occurred in 2011 at the University of Florida. Today a commercial breeding angelfish program for the aquarium trade is up and running in Indonesia. These “blue gems” have the beautiful semi-circle pattern of wild-caught specimens but are much hardier and readily adapt to aquarium life.
In the reef habitat, juvenile Koran angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus) live in protected, shallow waters with plenty of rocky hiding places. Their preferred foods are live sponges, tunicates and algae.
Fortunately, the captive-bred angels readily eat marine pellets, frozen meaty and sponge foods and algae. The ideal aquarium for these shy beauties includes plenty of open swimming area and live rock to investigate and hide in. Large adults will eventually need a tank around 250 gallons. The fish will pick at algae and invertebrates like clams and corals so they are not reef-friendly. Koran angelfish aren’t demanding and will thrive under healthy, stable water conditions.
If you’re ready to make the long-term commitment, Koran angels will live for many years in a mixed community marine fish aquarium. Their beautiful coloration and patterns will change as they grow and mature. Koran angels have a shy but curious nature that is sure to entertain and form a bond with caretakers.
At Marine Depot, we’re committed to promoting sustainable aquarium-keeping. We’ll keep you updated with all the breaking news on captive breeding breakthroughs you need to know about!