Scientific name: Pterophyllum scalare
The Angelfish is a very popular cichlid from the Amazon basin that reaches a length of five inches and a height of eight inches. The distinctive shape of the body and fins adds variety to the community aquarium. The tank should be deep enough for the Angelfish to swim comfortably with its fins extended.
Although peaceful by cichlid standards, Angelfish will consume very small fish if given the opportunity. The water temperature should be between 74º and 82º Fahrenheit, with a pH between 5.8 and 7.5. Soft water is ideal, but even moderately hard water is acceptable. All flake and freeze-dried foods are eaten by Angelfish, but live or frozen foods should also be offered.
To learn more about freshwater aquariums, see:
- Aquarium Basics
- How to Choose Aquarium Equipment
- How to Set Up an Aquarium
- How to Maintain an Aquarium
- How to Choose Aquarium Fish
- How to Care for Aquarium Fish
- Freshwater Aquarium Fish