Other Angelfish Names:
Angelfish, Angel Fish
Angelfish Scientific Name:
Pterophyllum scalare, Platax scalaris, Plataxoides dumerilii, Pterophyllum altum, Pterophyllum dumerilii, Pterophyllum eimekei, Pterophyllum scalare, Zeus scalaris
Species Type: South American Cichlids
Angelfish Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)
Angelfish Life Expectancy: 12 years
Angelfish Habitat: South American Swamps and Rivers
Angelfish Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful but may eat small tankmates.
Angelfish Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - Does well with flake or pellet foods supplimented with blood worms and brine shrimp.
The unique shape of the Angelfish makes it one of the most recognizable freswater aquarium fish in the world. The Angelfish comes in many varieties: Striped; Marbled; Half-black; Veiled; Blushing; Gold; Pearl scaled; or a variety of these. Angelfish prefer a tall tank due to their disproportionate body height.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Community fish that are not small enought to fit in an angelfish's mouth.
Angelfish Breeding & Spawning:
Use pH of 7.0 and a higher temperature of 85°F. The eggs are laid on broad leaved plants, or the front glass. With appropriate pairs, Angelfish are not hard to breed.
Determining Angelfish Sex:
Very hard to tell. Older males may have a bump on their head. When spawning gender can be determined by breeding tubes. A female has a round "tear-drop" shaped breeding tube and a male has a cone shaped breeding tube.
HITH (Hole in the Head Disease), Hexatima
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