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The Angelfish (Pterophyllum), renowned for its elegant appearance and graceful movements, stands as a cherished member of the aquarium community. Native to the Amazon River basin in South America, these freshwater cichlids are revered for their distinctive triangular shape and elongated fins, reminiscent of celestial wings, which earned them their poetic name.


Available in a variety of color morphs, including silver, black, and marbled patterns, Angelfish captivate enthusiasts with their striking aesthetics. Their unique traits extend beyond their appearance; these intelligent fish are known for their interactive behavior and distinct personalities.

Caring for Angelfish requires attention to water conditions, as they thrive in slightly acidic and warm environments. A well-planted aquarium with ample swimming space and hiding spots mirrors their natural habitat. Angelfish are generally compatible with other peaceful species, although territorial behavior may surface during breeding.


Breeding Angelfish is a rewarding endeavor, as they exhibit elaborate courtship rituals and dedicated parental care. Their propensity for forming monogamous pairs adds an endearing aspect to their reproductive behavior.


Whether for their captivating beauty, engaging behavior, or breeding intricacies, Angelfish continue to enchant hobbyists worldwide, earning their status as iconic inhabitants of freshwater aquariums.


The following are recommended water parameters for keeping Angelfish in aquariums:


  • Temperature: Maintain a temperature range between 75-82°F (24-28°C). Angelfish are tropical fish and thrive in warmer water conditions.

  • pH Level: Keep the pH level slightly acidic to neutral, ideally between 6.0 and 7.5. This range simulates the soft, acidic waters of the Amazon where they are naturally found.

  • Water Hardness: Angelfish prefer soft to moderately hard water. Aim for a general hardness (GH) between 5 and 13 dGH and a carbonate hardness (KH) between 3 and 8 dKH.

  • Water Quality: Angelfish are sensitive to changes in water quality, so regular water changes are essential. Aim for a clean and well-filtered aquarium to maintain optimal water conditions.

  • Tank Size and Setup: Provide a spacious tank with plenty of vertical swimming space. Angelfish have long fins, and a taller tank is more suitable for their natural swimming behavior. Include plants and decorations to create hiding spots and mimic their native habitat.

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