Species group: Freshwater Angelfish
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Scientific name: Pterophyllum scalare ssp.
Freshwater Angelfish are members of the Cichlid family and are native to the Amazon River basin in South America, where they are found in heavily vegetated streams and swamps. Angelfish are popular aquarium fish because of their color, their attractive, elongated shape, and their monogamous pairing.
Angelfish are easy to feed and will eat flakes, pellets, and meaty frozen foods like brine shrimp. They're fairly easy to take care of and make fun pets because they are aware of life outside the tank and will greet you when it's feeding time.
Angels have been selectively bred for decades to create a variety of different colors and patterns. The most common colors are marble, and Gold. Some harder colors to find that are prized are Black, and Blue Angels.These fish have a tall sail-like dorsal fin, the body is extremely thin and disk shaped. Angelfish are usually taller than they are long because the dorsal and pelvic fins are very long. Marble Angelfish have marble-like swirls of silver and black on their bodies, and black markings on their fins. Some Marble Angelfish have golden patterns on their heads. Each Marble Angelfish is wonderfully unique.
Angelfish are semi-aggressive and will fight amongst themselves, it's best to keep one to a tank unless they are a pair or have lots of space. In a large enough tank (100 gallon+) they can be kept in a group of 5 or more to disperse aggression. They can be fin nippers and should not be kept with any fish that have long tails. Good tank mates are schools of short finned tetras, Gouramis, and Cory cats. Avoid keeping Angels with fish that nip fins because their long fins are a target.
Because Angelfish get large they need a minimum of 55 gallons. They like a lot swimming space and as juveniles appreciate plants and decorations to swim around and hide in.
Best centrepiece fish, elegant fish, interactive, beautiful fish, beautiful markings
nippy fish, big enough tank, perfect water quality, notorious finnippers, chasing, aggressive behavior
live plants, good water range, generally-available aquarium fish
Delicate and pretty
These fish are beautiful, no doubt about it. They are probably my favorite fish to see in a fish tank. It's a shame that they don't always get along with their own species (or others with long fins for that matter). If you find a pair that has already bonded, good! Also, like any fish, putting fish of similar size together is always a good idea. As a general rule you should always expect a larger fish to go after a smaller one. These guys like space, and a big tank with some vegetation and a couple of angelfish is a really beautiful sight. Like with all fish, you have to be careful about how much you feed them and take care of the water conditions of the tank, especially temperature. I don't know why, but people seem to think that room temperature is fine for these guys and unless you keep your house really warm, it just isn't. .
From janice-love Dec 25 2018 4:03PM
Copper works when dosed correctly
Copper sulfate is a heavy metal that when dosed correctly, kills Chilodonella. The idea is to kill the parasite and not harm the fish. Dosing is based on the alkalinity (carbonate hardness) of the water. Copper toxicity increases as carbonates decrease, so a lower dose is required in low-alkalinity water. Charts can be found online. You'll need a copper test kit and alkalinity test kit to dose in the best manner. Otherwise, follow the directions on the treatment label.Avoid chelated or complexed copper medications. They are not effective..
From James 31 days ago