Purple Moon Angelfish Adult


Purple Moon Angelfish or Yellow Band / Half Moon Angel.

  • Purple Moon Angelfish Adult
  • Pomacanthus maculosus
  • Care: Intermediate
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Group Size: Alone
  • Place of origin: West Indian Ocean
  • Coral Safe: Generally No
  • Critter Safe: Generally No

Adult Purple Moon Angelfish, Pomacanthus maculosus, also go by the name Yellow Band Angelfish or Half Moon Angel. Like many members of the Pomacanthus genus, adults and juveniles have different colour morphs.

Juveniles have a dark body with narrow, blue and white stripes. A prominent yellow patch in the centre of the angels’ body, interrupts the elegant pattern. Adult Purple Moon Angelfish have a spectacular purple body, displaying the same broad yellow stroke. Intricate blue and black scribbles decorate the posterior portion of the fish, behind the yellow band. Adult Purple Moon Angels also have large sliver eyes, which stand out against the dark background.

Large Angels are from the Pomacanthidae family. A group famous for their vivid colours. As a result, large angels are popular in the hobby. The name Pomacanthidae is Greek for, “cover” (poma) and “thorn” (akantha), which refers to the pair of strong spines on the gill cover.

Purple Moon Angelfish Adult, Pomacanthus maculosus, Ecology.

These marine Angels originate from the West Indian Ocean. They live in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea.

In nature, These fish graze on sessile invertebrates and macroalgae. This makes them risky for marine tanks with coral, as they can nip. However, it may be possible to keep some carefully selected corals in the same tank as the Adult Purple Moon Angelfish. We ask you consult a member of staff if you want for details.

Yellow Band Angelfish or Half Moon Angel In the Aquarium.

It is important to have plenty of nooks or crannies where your Adult Purple Moon Angelfish can explore and feel at home. Keepers may also want to get a jump guard to stop any accidents.

Adult Purple Moon Angelfish are omnivores and do best when fed a varied diet. They will accept frozen Mysis shrimp and enriched frozen brine shrimp. We enrich all our frozen food with seachem garlic guard and Atvitol vitamins. These are great for keeping fish healthy by providing them with the nutrition otherwise lost in frozen food. In doing so, these additives support their immune system and increase longevity.

Adult Purple Moon Angelfish will graze on marine algae that can be secured to the side of the tank with clips. Over time they will accept high-quality pellet or flake. We adapt all our Angel Fish to aquarium life before they leave us. We focus on their health, and most are eating a good quality flake food and/or pellet before being offered for sale.

Angelfish can live in a mixed group or alone. Feel free to give us a call with any questions.


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