Angelfish | Info and Facts

Angelfish | Info and Facts

Type: Fish
Size: 3 to 6 in
Lifespan: 5 to 15 years
Environment: Salt Or Freshwater
Temperament: Can be aggressive and territorial, especially towards other Angelfish

Information / Facts: Angelfish, scientifically known as Pterophyllum, are a member of the Cichlid family, though by appearance, they are different from many others in the family. They have a tall, slender body. Angelfish are one of the most recognizable fish by even amateur fish keepers. Angelfish do well in large, moderately planted environments. While they are natural predators, they tend towards laziness when well fed, so do not often harass smaller fish. Angelfish are available for both fresh and saltwater tanks.

Pros: Angelfish are flexible when it comes to diet. While experts do recommend a live diet for optimal health, it is possible to feed high-quality flakes and still keep your Angelfish healthy. When you provide optimal conditions and care, it is not unusual to see Angelfish live for ten years or more. Angelfish come in a variety of colors and patterns, so once you master the care of this fish, you have many options available to you.

Cons: Angelfish do require a larger tank than other fish of a similar size mainly because of the height of the fish. Unless you are looking at purchasing a breeding pair, you may not want more than one angelfish per tank, as they often fight once they reach sexual maturity. Additionally, Angelfish are susceptible to stress, more so than most breeds, so it is important to keep the tank temperatures and environment consistent to improve overall healthy.

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