The Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory is proud to announce that we have successfully raised Koran angelfish, Pomacanthus semicirculatus, to the juvenile stage. With the help of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium these angelfish showed up in our larval rearing tanks and were quite resilient under captive conditions. We are tremendously excited about this achievement since angelfish, specifically the emperor angelfish, is a target species of the Rising Tide Conservation Initiative. We are hopeful that this success will be transferred to emperor angelfish later this year.

Abbreviated development of the Koran angelfish reared at the University of Florida.


The marine ornamental team at University of Florida’s Tropical Aquaculture Lab. Left to Right: Eric Cassiano, Christine Creamer, and Dr. Matt Wittenrich

Matthew L. Wittenrich
Senior Biological Scientist

Eric Cassiano
Biological Scientist

Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory
University of Florida