Angelfish For Sale
Angelfish are actually Cichlids found throughout the Amazon River Basin, in Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Amazon rivers. Sexing is extremely difficult but look for a slight nuchal hump on your mature male, but even that's not always accurate. The best way to sex your Angelfish is to look at the breeding tubes on a pair when they are spawning as the male's breeding tube will be much smaller than the female's. Angels make good tank mates to other quiet fish. You can generally keep about 1 or 2 Angelfish per every 10 gallons of tank space without issue especially when you introduce large numbers of live aquatic plants and tall grasses such as Vals, Sag or Giant Hairgrass. Sometimes large Angels will become aggressive toward other fish but this may just be genetic aggression or a result of establishing territory to breed with another angel, and likely short-lived issue that will pass. Angelfish come in a massive assortment of strains and colors of the long-finned varieties such as marble veils, gold veils, blacks, platinum, blue or silver veils and more. Angelfish will add drama & brilliance to your community aquarium.
Angelfish prefer a well-planted tank and will appreciate slightly acidic water especially for breeding. Rocks & driftwood should be added to your aquarium, but leave some open areas for them to swim, and the dense planted areas for them to retreat.
Pterophyllum scalare is the species most people commonly refer to as Angelfish or Freshwater Angelfish. It is the most common species of Pterophyllum held in captivity and is readily available. The Angelfishes natural habitat is in the Amazon River basin in Peru, Colombia, & Brazil where It is found in rivers, swamps or flooded grounds where vegetation is dense and the water is either clear or silty. Angelfish native water conditions range from pH of 6.0-8.0, water hardness range of 5 - 13 dH, & Water temps 75 to 86 °F. The Angelfish was originally described as Zeus scalaris in 1823, and has also been described under several other names such as Platax scalaris, Pterophyllum dumerilii, Plataxoides dumerilii, Pterophillum eimekei and Pterophyllum eimekei.
Pterophyllum altum or Altum Angelfish is a close relative to the common freshwater angelfish, Pterophyllum scalare and are obviously not available very often in the aquarium trade mostly because they are more sensitive and more difficult to breed than common freshwater angels. The word "Altum" is Latin that means "tall" and is a suitable name for this species since they develop a very high body that can reach 12" tall and only reach a length of 6"
Leopold’s Angelfish or Pterophyllum leopoldi is the smallest member of the three Angelfish species and is native in the headwaters of the Amazon river. Leopoldi is distinguished by the absence of a pre-dorsal notch and by the presence of a black blotch at the dorsal insertion on the fourth vertical bar. This species is frequently misidentified as P. dumerilii in the aquarium trade.