Angelfish are one of the most commonly kept freshwater aquarium fish, as well as the most commonly kept cichlid.
- They are prized for their unique shape, color, and behavior.
- If you are in the market for aesthetically pleasing ornamental fish, our Angel Fish is highly recommended.
Features of angelfish
- They are kept in a warm aquarium, ideally around 80 °F (27 °C). Though they are members of the cichlid family, they are generally peaceful when not mating; however, the general rule “big fish eat little fish” applies
- They appear laterally compressed, with round bodies and elongated triangular dorsal and anal fins. This body shape allows them to hide among roots and plants, often on a vertical surface. Naturally occurring angelfish are frequently striped longitudinally, coloration which provides additional camouflage.
- All Pterophyllum species form monogamous pairs. Eggs are generally laid on a submerged log or a flattened leaf. As is the case for other cichlids, brood care is highly developed
In pet stores, the freshwater angelfish is typically placed in the semi-aggressive category. Some tetras and barbs are compatible with this ornamental fish, but ones small enough to fit in the mouth of the angelfish may be eaten. Generous portions of food should be available so the fish do not get hungry and turn on their tank mates.