Angelfish (Pterophyllym sp.) are freshwater fish popularly kept in aquariums. They originated in teh tropical freshwaters of South America. They typically grow to about 6 inches long and can be identified by their vertical dark markings on their silvery bodies. You’ll easily identify them for their large, fan-shaped pectoral fins and a variety of colors.
These fish are fairly easy to care for, so we categorize them as great fish for beginner fishkeepers.
|Scientific name||Pterophyllym species|
|Other names||Pterophyllum scalare, Pterophyllum altum, and Pterophyllum leopoldi|
|Lifespan||10-12 years in aquariums|
|Colors||Variety: white, yellow, orange, and red with stripes or spots.|
Fun facts about angelfish
- Angelfish are known as graceful swimmers and have a peaceful demeanor. However, they can be aggressive towards other angelfish.
- Angelfish are best kept in groups of 3
- Angelfish are egg-layer. They can lay up to 1,000 eggs at a time.
- 95% of angelfish eat sponges
- The gestation period of angelfish is 1-3 days
- The conservation status of queen angelfish is endangered because of the destruction of coral reefs.
Did you know angelfish are part of the family Cichlidae that includes over 1600 species? Read more about cichlids here or scroll below for more content on angelfish.