Platinum Angelfish

Platinum Angelfish

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Pterophyllum scalare

Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.

nonyms

Platax scalaris, Pterophyllum eimekei, Zeus scalaris

Distribution

South America: Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru. Many of the specimens in the trade are captive-bred.

Sexual Dimorphism

Unable to determine until in spawning mode. The males? breeding tube is smaller, curved & more sharply pointed.

Maximum Size

Height: up to 25cm (10?)

Water Parameters

Captive-bred specimens will acclimatise to a wide range of conditions. pH: 6-8, dH: 5-15 degrees. Wild fish require soft water.

Temperature

24-30 deg C (75-86 deg F)

Compatibility

Specialist community

Special Requirements

Not to be kept with small fish.

Lighting

No special requirements

 

Care

The Angel Fish is a majestic species which requires a taller than average aquarium, due to its potential adult height and long trailing finnage. Adults should never be housed with small fish (e.g. Neon Tetras) as they will quickly become a snack for these aggressive-eaters. The substrate should be soft and smooth, so as to protect the delicate finnage when the fish are swimming in the lower reaches of the tank, and a good cover of aquatic plants should be provided in order for the fish to feel safe. Pairs can become very territorial when breeding. A large number of colour strains are available.

 

Feeding

Will accept all manner of aquarium fare: flake, slowly-sinking pellet foods, frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, brineshrimp, Mysis, daphnia etc.

 

Breeding

Pairs may spawn in well-maintained aquariums containing other fish, but if you wish to raise a large number of fry, a separate softwater breeding aquarium is essential. A well-conditioned pair should be moved to the breeding tank, which should be furnished with a selection of potential spawning sites, such as broad-leaved aquatic plants and flat pieces of slate stood upright against the back glass of the aquarium. After a few days, the breeding tubes (genital papillae) will begin to show on both fish, between the ventral and anal fins. Do not disturb the aquarium once egg-laying commences, and observe the male fertilising them. The parents should be left to tend the eggs, fanning them with their pectoral fins. After 2-3 days, the eggs should begin to hatch into ?wrigglers? and after a further 4 or 5 days, they should become free-swimming. Small foods such as microworms and newly hatched brineshrimp should be offered to the fry, and after a few days, the parent fish can be acclimatised back to the main aquarium.