Pterophyllum scalare

"Koi Veil Angelfish"

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Pterophyllum scalare, most commonly referred to as angelfish or freshwater angelfish, is the most common species of Pterophyllum kept in the home aquarium. It is native to the Amazon Basin in Peru, Colombia, and Brazil.

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Pterophyllum scalare, most commonly referred to as angelfish or freshwater angelfish, is the most common species of Pterophyllum kept in the home aquarium. It is native to the Amazon Basin in Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. Particularly to the Ucayali river in Peru, the Oyapock River in French Guiana, the Essequibo River in Guyana, the Solimões, the Amapá, and the Amazon rivers in Brazil. It is found in swamps or flooded grounds where vegetation is dense and the water is either clear or silty. Its native water conditions range from a pH of 6.0 to 7.0, a water hardness range of 3 to 10 °dH, and water temperature ranging from 75 to 86 °F.

The diet of Pterophyllum scalare in the wild consists of a wide food spectrum; they feed on juvenile fishes, prawns, and worms. In the aquarium, a diet of different types of worms such as Tubifex worms, vermicompost worms, and bloodworms, as well as a tubifex diet that is high in protein and nutrients for the angelfish have resulted in significant growth. A live food diet provided better reproductive performance. Furthermore, the mosquito larvae is also a very nutritious live feed food.

Diet: Omnivore
Temp: 75-86°F
PH:6.0-7.0
Hardness: Moderately soft
Fish size: 6″ in length. Up to 8″ in height.
Min tank size: 20 Gallon high

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