Common Name: Platinum Angelfish, Platinum Angel
Scientific Name: Pterophyllum sp
Average Adult Fish Size: 6 inches / 15.2 cm
Place of Origin: Amazon river basin of S. America
Typical Tank Setup: Well planted with drift wood / bogwood and some rock work.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 30 gallon / 120 litre for an adult pair
Compatibility: Keep with medium sized peaceful fish that do not like to nip fins. Angels will eat smaller fish as they are an ambush predator in the wild.
Temperature: 24-29 Deg C / 76 – 84 Deg F
Water Chemistry: pH 6.5 – 6.9 for wild varieties. Captive raised can be successfully kept in ph up to 7.8.
Feeding: Angels will readily accept flakes, small pellets, frozen and live foods. Veil-tailed varieties are rather slow moving, so make sure that they get their fair share of food.
Sexing: It is usually very hard to distinguish a female Angel from a male one, since they look almost identical. An egg laden female will be thicker with a pronounced bulge, and a male will normally be thinner and “taller”, but most Angelfish keepers are actually unsure of the sex of their fish until they notice which one is laying the eggs and which one is fertilizing them. Venting is the other sure way to determine gender.
Breeding: Your Scalare will usually need to become at least 5 cm / 2 inches before they are mature enough to spawn for the first time. If kept on a suitable diet, this will happen when the Angelfish is between 8 and 12 months old. The aquarium should ideally be at least 40 cm / 16 inches high. Since the Angelfish is a tall fish, an aquarium that is too shallow will stunt their growth. Adequate water changes need to be performed and water temperature kept between 80 and 85 degrees F (27 and 29 degrees C) in order to stimulate breeding.