It’s no secret that we are big fans of saltwater angelfish and we’re not the only ones, Angelfish are beautiful and diverse in their size and colors when they are normally colored, but the aberrations, rare species and variety of hybrids make this group of tropical fish endlessly fascinating.
2018 was certainly a banner year for the Pomacanthidae with more than enough rare fish, hybrids, and rare hybrids than we could ever hope for, and even some delectable captive bred milestones from the specialists at Poma Labs. Their cultured bellus angelfish came out with funky spots, and the produced the first ever longfin marien angelfish of any kind, and it was a conspicuous angel no less!
The wild collected and photographed hybrids were particularly tantalizing with never before seen crosses of very rare fish – tiger angel crossed with flagfin, brazilian flameback crossed with the resplendent angel, and the first ever conspic x meridithi to make it to the united states. It’s going to be a very tall order for 2019 to hold a candle to what we collectively came across last year but it wouldn’t surprise us one bit, and we can’t wait to see which angelfish will make the headlines next!