Angelfish

The graceful form of the Angelfish has featured as the archetypal “tropical fish” in design and illustrative works for many years. The original wild form of “scalare” has remained very popular in spite of the many man-made varieties that have been developed over the years by selective breeding. Black, silver, white, and gold are the main colours now found in a variety of patterns created in these domestic strains. Veiltailed versions of most colour forms are available, although only a few veiltail varieties seem to be regularly bred commercially for the hobby. When a pair of good parent fish decide to breed in the community aquarium their aggressive parental qualities can be witnessed as they chase any intruders from their eggs and newly hatched babies. Like all cichlids, the best parent angelfish care for their eggs and fry until the babies begin to wander.

The Golden Marble Angelfish (pterophyllum scalare) is one of the many colour forms of the domestically bred Angelfish. A striking combination of the black marbling and gold burnished areas of this variety makes it one of the more popular breeds.

The Golden Marble Angelfish (pterophyllum scalare) is one of the many colour forms of the domestically bred Angelfish. A striking combination of the black marbling and gold burnished areas of this variety makes it one of the more popular breeds.

Altum Angelfish (pterophyllum altum) are almost invariably collected for the hobby from the wild. The elongated finnage and additional striping of the body markings set this species distinctly aside from the more familiar domestically bred scalare species.

Altum Angelfish (pterophyllum altum) are almost invariably collected for the hobby from the wild. The elongated finnage and additional striping of the body markings set this species distinctly aside from the more familiar domestically bred scalare species.