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Angelfish - Pterophyllum scalare

Angelfish - Pterophyllum scalare

Scientific name: Pterophyllum scalare

Common name: Angelfish

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 12 - 15 cm (4.72 - 5.91 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 5.3 - 7.6

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 18°N (0 - 321.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 29 °C (73.4 - 84.2°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


Granules, tablets, tubifex, small worms, spinach, lettuce.


Nearly impossible. The best way how to determine their sex is when it comes to breeding.


Egg-layers. Eggs are usually laid on a rock, but it can be plant sometimes. There aren’t any problems with laying eggs and hatching the fry. However, you should remove the fry or parents after newborns are free-swimming. Otherwise, fry could be eaten.


7 years or even more.


Thanks to Jeff Catalina, Tom and Lorna Marie Kemble and Louise who have allowed us to use their pictures. Also thanks to Ala and Johan.

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