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Scientific Name:

Pterophyllum Scalare

Common Name:



Amazon region of South America

Adult Size:

6-10 inches (top to bottom)


The anterior portion of the dorsal fin in females will be black in coloration. Females will be smaller in size, brighter red in color. Males will have blue spangles.


78 - 82 F


Soft (0.6 to 1.2 dH), slightly acid (pH 6.5 to 6.9)


Angelfish can survive on flake food alone, but they will thrive and be much more apt to breed on a greatly varied diet. Live foods such as Adult Brine Shrimp, Black Worms, Mosquito larvae, finely chopped earthworms and Guppy fry are accepted with enthusiasm and should be included regularly. If live food is not available, frozen packages of Blood Worms (Midge Fly larvae), Brine Shrimp and others are available from your favorite pet supply store and are acceptable substitutions for the live food. There are many dried foods available that will suffice too. Raw beef heart, finely ground, mixed with unflavored gelatin and frozen immediately in small one serving size pieces is a good and economical addition to your Angelfish diet. Be absolutely sure there is no fat in the meat.


Spawn on flat smooth surface. All info and more here

Tank Mate(s):

Angels go the whole range from nice to not so. Blacks (DD) have been known to be very aggressive




Pterophyllum Scalare

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