What is an Angelfish?

The angelfishes, or scalares, popular in home aquariums are members of the genus Pterophyllum and the cichlid (q.v.) family. They are thin, deep-bodied fishes with elongated dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins. Depending on the authority, one to three species may be recognized: P. scalare, P. eimekei, and P. altum. Angelfishes are native to the freshwaters of tropical South America and may grow to a length of about 15 cm (6 inches). They are commonly silvery with vertical dark markings but may be solid or partially black. They are carnivorous and take care of their eggs and young.

Can I Have an Angelfish In My Aquarium?

Yes! Angelfish are a unique and beautiful species of fish that are both easy to maintain and easy to acquire. These fish come in a variety of colors and patters and are truly stunning to watch as they gracefully swim around your tank.

Skill Level: Beginner

The Angelfish is considered a “beginner” level aquatic creature due to their ease of maintenance and simple diet. These creatures can live for up to 10 years in captivity and are considered good community fish, not bothered by or bothering tank mates. Angelfish are also regarded to be one of the best beginner’s breeding fish to learn the ins and outs of cultivating your own livestock to grow your tank!

Are you looking to add this beautiful creature to your collection but aren’t sure about maintenance, feeding, and upkeep? The FantaSEA team offers several completely hands-dry maintenance plans to fit all varieties of budget and need.