Acquired: Fish / pet store
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted Nov 19, 2015
Koi Angelfish (Pterophyllum Scalare)
A common Tropical aquarium fish that has captured the hearts of millions of fish keepers worldwide. It is a particularly beautiful deep bodied fish with gold, silver, black and orange markings. Furnish the tank with substrate, driftwood and hardy plants (Anubias, Java Fern, Cryptocoryne). Size: Up to 16cm. Avoid smaller Tetra breeds and guppies as tank mates, also avoid fin nipping varieties of fish, particularly if keeping Veil tail koi Angels. Tank Size: Minimum of 120L for 2 larger Adults to be comfortable. Angels can be housed as a mixture of male and female fish when young in a community tank or in a species only tank, however, they will become territorial once they are of breeding age and the males will become deathly violent toward opposing males. Angels are often aggressive toward the other fish in a community tank at breeding time/or anytime. It is best to house a breeding pair in their own separate breeding tank. Match the water parameters in the breeding tank to that of the community tank. Raise temps slightly to 27.c. Make regular water changes of 30-40% over 2 weeks. Feed/condition the pair by feeding live freshly hatched brine shrimp, bloodworms and frozen brine shrimp are also acceptable. The pair will lay eggs on a flat surface, provide breeding cones or slate placed vertically in the breeding tank. A foam filter will be sufficient. A pair will often try several times before getting the breeding process right. Once they have mastered the process they are usually excellent parents. If any parent is showing signs of aggression remove the offending parent from the breeding tank. Fry will eat infusoria and will also feed from the parent’s skin/body slime. Fry will accept crushed flake, prepared fry liquid food and freshly hatched brine shrimp. General feeding in community tanks: Quality Tropical Fish Flake, bloodworms, sinking pellets, algae pellets, frozen brine shrimp, earthworm and krill sinking tablets. Water: Slightly acidic soft water is preferred 6.5-7ph. Temps: 25-27.c. Provide some planting in the tank as it will help Angelfish to feel comfortable. Ideal Tankmates: Corydora, Bristlenose. Difficulty: 5/10.