Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Feb 28, 2014
There are a number of pterophyllum species. Not all of them are true angelfish either because of the decades of selective breeding.
Most angelfish, if looked after properly, can live up to 5 years old and sometimes longer.
Angelfish are semi aggressive and will eat smaller fish if they get given the chance. It's best to keep them well fed so they do not start eating their tank friends. Flakes, vegetables and some frozen meat (shrimp for example) will keep these fish happy and healthy. The angelfish shouldn't be overfed as this can lead to an early death.
It's really trial and error when it comes to finding out what fishes are compatible tank mates with the angel fish. They have very delicate fins that can get damaged very easily.
Angelfish require a warm water tank which must be PH balanced to about 7.0. They like slightly acidic water. Though most angelfish can survive even if the PH isn't 7. Just make sure it isn't over 7.5. You should keep them in a tank that's at least 30 gallons.
The best decoration for the tank is driftwood and rocks and plants. They love nothing more than swimming in and out of the driftwood. And the plants make for a good game of 'stalk the other fishes'. Angelfish are quite comical when they are planning an ambush on other fish.
When breeding, it is best to keep them away from other angelfish as once they pair off, they can get very aggressive and territorial.
They are quite easy to care for, look gorgeous in the tank and will keep you entertained.