Angelfish Make Great Pets
Fresh water angelfish have been popular fish choices in homes all over the world. The scientific name for angelfish is Pterophyllum scalare and it owes its origin to the Greek word “scalare,” which literally means “like a flight of stairs.” Angelfish are characterized by long fins and originate in the Amazon region of South America, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Angelfish do not destroy live plants like many Cichlids enabling them to be kept in nicely landscaped aquaria. Aquatic plants also help to control water chemistry. Broad-leaved aquatic plants are the best when it comes to angelfish. They are more robust and will provide a surface for the angels to spawn on when they decide to pair off. The chemical composition of the water should be neutral or slightly acidic and reasonably soft, which matches the water found in the wild and allows the plants to thrive and your new pet angelfish to feel at home.
Angelfish will eat any variety of flake food, though they will thrive with a variety of foods in their diet. Occassional feeds on adult brine shrimp, black worms, and even mosquito larvae will be well received and keep them in good condition. You can also give them frozen foods like blood worms or brine shrimp, which are available at aquatic stores. You can also give them meat, provided that it is lean and well chopped up. Adult angelfish will eat beef heart but this should only be fed sparingly to avoid bloating. Angelfish, like all tropical fish, should be fed a variety of foods to ensure their all-round growth.
The tank size for breeding a pair of angelfish should not be less than 15 gallons and at least 15 inches deep. Once they breed and the fry grow you can gradually increase the size of the tank. I prefer to start with a larger tank, usually a 36″ x 15″ x 15″ which allows the fry to grow quite big before having to be moved. Moving young fry can cause heavy losses due to the change in water chemistry.
Starting with a larger tank means that you don’t usually need to do any water changes until the fry are quite big which can upset the parents causing them to eat their fry. I make it a rule to disturb the breeding tank as little as possible until the fry are at least looking like small versions of their parents. Even the slightest thing can spook some pairs to eat eggs or fry so the less the better.
Always buy your fish from a reputable breeder or a good aquatic store. Speak to the owner and get a feel for whether they know what they are talking about. It’s all too easy to introduce infection or poor quality fish into your setup so check out your supplier carefully.
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