Freshwater Angelfish
Pterophyllum scalare

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

5 - 8

Minimum Tank Size






Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.0-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit


General: There are many variations of Freshwater Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare). Blue, Black, Silver, Platinum, Koi, and Gold are just a few of the most common color variations. A mature Freshwater Angelfish will require at least 33 gallons worth of space. The Freshwater Angelfish is considered to be a semi-aggressive fish species and will defend a territory when ready to reproduce. Having an ample amount of decorations, live plants, and rock in the tank will be helpful in allowing for the successful breeding and overall cohesiveness of this fish fitting into the social community.

Fecundity (Reproduction): The Freshwater Angelfish can produce up to 1000 eggs per clutch.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.0-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet (omnivore): Brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp, blackworms, general flake, omnivore pellet, Spirulina

Dimorphism: It is very difficult to determine the gender of Freshwater Angelfish. Once mature, the papilla (tube) on the male Freshwater Angelfish will be elongated and pointy. The female papilla (tube) will be short and blunt.

Compatibility: The Freshwater Angelfish are typically compatible with peaceful community fish such as the Corydoras, Danio, Tetra, Rasbora Pencilfish, and Dwarf Rainbowfish.

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