Angelfish - Common
The Common Angelfish is also known as the Scalare or Zebra Angelfish. They
originally came from the Amazon Basin. Unlike the Altum,
they come in a wide variety of
names, shapes and colors, such as Black, Gold, Striped and Marbled. The
body is extremely thin and disk shaped. The anal and dorsal fins are very
long and eyes are often red. They prefer a tank of about 30 gallons.
The tank should contain hiding places and hardy plants are best.
are peaceful and ignore other fish, but they can be quite territorial,
especially when breeding. Angels prefer soft, slightly acidic water, but
they will tolerate a wide range of hardness and pH. If you don't plan to breed
them they should be fine with a pH as high as 8.5
The best way to breed angels is to start with about
8 - 10 juveniles. Look for angels that form pairs, as you won't be
able to identify any sexual differences. They breed on a flat vertical surface such
as rock, leaves or aquarium glass. Temperatures should be at the upper end
of their range. Make sure the water is soft and slightly acidic to help
ensure the fry survive. Hundreds of eggs hatch in a couple of days. When the
fry have finished their yolk sac, feed them brine shrimp until they are large
enough for flake food. Both parents will also care for the young, but they
have been known to eat a few of them too.
||24 - 30 C; 75 - 86 F
||6.0 - 8.0
||9 cm; 3.5 inches
Black Skirt Tetra, Blind
Cave Tetra, Chinese Algae Eater, Congo Tetra, Corydoras Catfish, Diamond
Tetra, Gouramis, Kuhli Loach, Lemon Tetra, Mollies,
Platies, Plecostomus, Rainbows, Serpae Tetra, Silver
Dollars, Silver Tip Tetra, Swordtail
Neon Tetras and White Clouds are eaten by Angelfish.
They often hunt smaller fish at night.
50% of our readers indicate that Discus are
compatible with Angelfish.