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Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare)


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Common Name: Angelfish
Proper Name: Pterophyllum scalare
Category: Cichlids
Temperature: 21 - 28 C
Temperament Peaceful
Maximum Size: 10 cm
 
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Angels have long fins which mollies find irresisitable and will nip off quickly. I have got an angel now that is 5yrs old and the king of the tank. They are aggressive and will kill off smaller fish, eating them like snacks. The only ones my angel has not eaten are gouramis. Good luck with your fish.
 
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My first fish was an angelfish. He died this week, 7 years old. He was the king of the tank 10inches from tip to tip with gorgeous white flowing fins. He only once killed another fish, and that was an accidental taste of neon tetra. He lived the last few months of his life with another angelfish, a smaller one of a different colour, as well as the sailfin plec and albino shark it had been with for the past 3 years. They do get along with many larger and medium sized fish as well as smaller ones but be wary of them with small fish.
 
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I never really wanted Angelfish, but on a whim I bought 3babies - nickle size. I have 2 silvers and they are great fish, very happy and healthy. My yellow one seems to be anorexic and barely clinging to life (???). He's been this way for 2+ weeks now so maybe he'll come around. I am glad I decided to buy them, they are growing on me. I did intentionally put some guppies in the tank because I heard they like to eat them. I have a 55gal and am thinking of getting a couple more.
 
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Great fish. All comments are accurate. They will attack smaller fish, but I have found it is a boundary issue. Bigger tank, more room and they leave smaller fish alone. Smaller tank causes more problems. The biggest issue I have is they pull up smaller plants. They are constantly pulling up my smaller plants, and I have to replant.
 
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angelfish are awesome, I've got some juvies,and sub adults. I just wish I knew how many gallons per a single adult angelfish I can't seem to find the answers.
 
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I will add to my comunity tank 8 silver scalare (with 4black stripes)...so im hopefull to get at least one GOOD pair.So,i have 8silver Pterophyllum in my comunity 400L/100gal tank.They eat like pigs! 75% of time have dark stripes.In menu:5different Hikari and 5 times a week-shrimps.8 scalares together looks great-completely not as 2 or even 4 !On date 22.12.2010 was 45mm (body)
 
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I have successfully kept and bred angels for over 15 years now. I've tried all sorts of cichlids, community fish, saltwater, etc and I always come back to angels. If you are interested in breeding fish, angels are a great start. I'm currently breeding some of my black zebra veils with some Ken Kennedy platinum blues and I can't wait to see the outcome! I feed a mixture of frozen bloodworms, frozen glassworms, frozen krill, live blackworms, flake, and color crumble. I have yet to be disappointed by angels!
 
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Angelfish are relatively easy to keep. However, some variants are more delicate than others - especially full 'blacks', and 'platinum' varieties. All will thrive in a wide range of water conditions. Angelfish grow to a quite considerable size, and are commonly overstocked. Aside from being cruel, giving angelfish insufficient space will contribute to their already aggressive natures and tend to cause 'stunting', where the fish have deformed (disproportionately large) eyes and tattered small fins. Because of their tendency to suffer ammonia stunting, good quality angelfish can be difficult to come by. They are generally excellent community fish, but may become aggressive towards one another (especially when breeding).
 
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1 per 15 gallons is a good rule of thumb. Tall tanks are pretty important b/c of their fins.
 
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I have 2 in my 55g tank. They are growing fast ! Very beautiful fish to have.
 
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My Angel Pair has laid its first spawn. They are really interesting to watch with the eggs. They are by far the most fun and beautiful fish I have ever owned!
 
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Such personality in these guys! They know when it's feeding time and will follow you around the tank when they see you holding the fish food. They can be bullies but smaller fish usually know when to get out of the way.
 
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I've always loved Angels. They are very personable, smart, and beautiful. If the tank conditions are right, especially water parameters (including softer and warmer with a somewhat lower pH around 6.5-6.8), but also tank size (the bigger the better, especially in height), and they aren't exposed to disease or otherwise stressed, they can easily live 10-15 years, and sometimes longer. In harder water, they will thrive for a time, but they won't live as long as they can in softer water. They can sometimes take a while to learn how to be good parents (they often eat the fry once they are free swimming), since much of their instinctual parenting has been lost (due to hand raising by breeders, to increase numbers, and therefore, profits), but after a few tries they generally figure it out. The only other fish that even comes close, in my opinion, is the discus, but that's another story.
 
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LOVE, LOVE, LOVE me some Pterophyllum! Angels are one of my favorite SA cichlids! I think only Discus are possibly more beautiful. Placed in the right planted setting with tall plants (vals, etc...) it is amazing how they can literally disappear when they want. Get them small if you want to keep them with schooling dither fish such as neon or cardinal tetras and they may not eat them. They grow very quickly and live a decent life of 8-12 years or longer. Most are bred in captivity so they can tolerate a wide range of H2O conditions! Don't place with fin nippers! I wouldn't keep them in any tank smaller than 75 usg.
 
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I've got two that are a little over one year old. They have really grown - maybe 4 inches excluding the fins... and they are beautiful. I just saw a mess of eggs stuck to an amazon sword leaf. Guess I've got a boy and a girl! ...maybe that explains their occasional spats and tussles (a normal couple) . They appear to be guarding the eggs now (hope they don't eat them). I came here hoping to find some advice for new angel parents (and human owners).
 
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Another great fish. I currently am housing 9 of them, Yellow/black, cloudy black, zebra, blue, german red, silver, zebra veil, double dark, marbled. All of them 6 - 8 months old from a breeder. No aggression with these lot yet all of them fairly friendly, very quick eaters.
 
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The color variants available now are just not your granpa's angelfish. But they are still cichlids. Aggressive by nature, but they don't ALL follow a strict behavioral pattern. I've had one angel single out another one in a 180G with over a dozen adults and beat the daylights out of him. So while more space does usually limit aggression between adults, it's not 100% foolproof. The best strategy is to simply have an "option" for either the bully or the bullied, meaning another tank, LFS, etc.

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