Asfur Angel
Pomacanthus asfur

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

12" - 18"

Minimum Tank Size

150 gallon


Blue, Purple, Yellow



Water Conditions

72-78° F, KH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, salinity 1.020-1.025


General: Typically referred to as the Maculosus Angelfish, this species can also be listed as the Arabian Angelfish or Crescent Angelfish. This is a popular and stunning specimen from the Red Sea, but can also be collected from the Indo-Pacific. This angel is commonly confused with the Maculosus Angel, but aside from bolder more iridescent colors, the Asfur has a yellow caudal tail whereas the Maculosus Angel has a white or clear looking caudal fin. With its natural potential to reach over 12", a large spacious tank (200+ gallons) is a more permanent solution. This is not as common of fish for most retail stores to stock, but it is a species that can be obtained. It may require a visit or call to your local pet shop to make a request for one. Typically fish collected from the Red Sea have superior colors and hardiness, and often are more desirable. In order to obtain fish from the Red Sea, collectors must adhere to high standards of collection and sustainability. This will result in a higher price tag on any fish originating from the Red Sea. Do not let this deter you from obtaining any fish collected from the Red Sea, if anything it is well worth the difference in price. Once obtained care should be taken into ensuring that this species is feeling at ease in the tank. Improper space and tank-mates can cause issues with initial introduction. Issues include going on a permanent and life threatening food strike, or decreased immunity to common diseases (such as ich).

Diet: In the wild large angelfish are very Omnivorous. A varied diet of vegetables, meats, sponge, pellets, flakes, seaweed, and enriched shrimps are important for best coloration and optimal health.

Compatibility: Annularis Angelfish are not reef safe due to their high drive to nip at nudibranchs, corals, clams, tube worms, ornamental algae, and feather dusters. Typically Pomacanthus species are semi-aggressive in nature. Unlike other Pomacanthus species, this species is a bit more timid, but it is still best to avoid adding any other Angelfish species to the tank.

Environment: First to mention is its demand for a large and wide tank. A 200+ gallon tank with 18"+ in width is ideal as a permanent solution. This Angel enjoys a variety of rock work, but also should be provided ample swimming space as well. Be sure to note how your Maculosus angel is behaving. If your angel is acting shy, pale, skittish, irregular appetite, it probably has to do with its environment. If your tank is too open (lacking structure or rock-work), this could be why. Although ample swimming space is important, so is also suitable coverage.

Author: Aquatics Unlimited