Aquacultured Juvenile Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus)



It’s nice to start off the new year with yet another aquacultured marine fish species:  juvenile Koran Angel (Pomacanthus semicirculatus). Read the official press release from Quality Marine.

Quality Marine is excited to start the New Year by offering yet another new aquacultured species: juvenile Koran Angel (Pomacanthus semicirculatus). We are an ardent supporter of aquaculture and are continually searching for new producers both in the US and around the world. We believe aquaculture to be a key component in continuing to uphold our sustainable industry standard.

Back in 2011, the University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Lab in collaboration with Rising Tide Conservation were the first in the world to successfully produce captive bred specimens of Pomacanthus semicirculatus and now this momentous achievement has been recreated in Indonesia. Very few were produced, so we’re incredibly excited to be able to have this opportunity.

These Angels are typically be found in the Indo-Pacific either singly or in pairs between 1 to 40 meters deep. Juveniles inhabit shallow protected areas, while adults prefer coastal reefs. Both prefer areas with ample hiding places as they can be very shy. They eat a wide variety of invertebrates like sponges, tunicates and algae.


The Koran Angel is a beautiful species, known for adapting well to captivity. Their interesting coloration and personality make them fascinating aquarium inhabitants. Like many species in the genus Pomacanthus, the Koran exhibits juvenile coloration and patterns that are strikingly different than the adult. They can thrive in most aquarium settings. They need a varied diet, stable water quality and ample swimming space. Many pomacanthus are considered picky eaters, however, the aquacultured specimens have been raised on a prepared diet and will readily accept frozen meaty foods and marine pellets. A portion of their food source should still contain sponges and marine based vegetable matter.

This year Quality Marine grew through our many achievements and industry firsts, we believe strongly that these innovations will help keep our industry sustainable.  We are looking forward to our shared accomplishments with you in 2018.


About Author

Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.