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Angelfish - Pterophyllum leopoldi

Angelfish - Pterophyllum leopoldi

Scientific name: Pterophyllum leopoldi

Common name: Angelfish

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 21 - 26 °C (69.8 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South America

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Pterophyllum leopoldi will are voracious eaters and will accept anything offered. They should be given quality flake or pellets as well as live or frozen foods.


South America; Pterophyllum leopoldi are found in the Amazonian River Basins.


It is extremely difficult to sex angelfish, if required for breeding it is best to purchase a small group and let them pair naturally.


A spawning site will be chosen, this is normally the tank glass or use a piece of slate leant against the sides, and both fish will clean the site. A line of eggs will be laid and the male will follow to fertilise them. This process will be repeated several times. A few days later the eggs should hatch and a week after this the fry will be free swimming. At this stage they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Angelfish is 5-10 years.

Short description

Although Angelfish are classed as a peaceful species, they are renowned for eating small tank mates. They are best kept with Rasboras or the larger tetras.


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