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Breeding Freshwater Angelfish

Get some helpful insight on breeding these popular beauties.

By Don Manahay |

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To me, freshwater angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) are the most beautiful of all the fish in the aquarium hobby (including saltwater fish). They glide through the water with their trailing fins. There is nothing to compare with the beautiful shape of these magnificent creatures of the water world, and their coloration can vary, yet they are not bright or gaudy. In my opinion, they (instead of the discus) should be called “king of the freshwater fish.”

Angels are so hardy that you should have few deaths if you keep them in the right conditions. Some of you may say, “I’ve had nothing but bad luck with angelfish,” but you’ll have trouble with any fish not kept in the right conditions. That can mean not having the right size aquarium, water hardness, water temperature or tankmates, or being overcrowded or by themselves when they are schooling fish.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the September 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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