Week 4: Angel Fish

This week’s Fish of the Week is the Angelfish.


Originating from South America these graceful, disk shaped freshwater fish are available in a number of varieties and colours. As the most commonly kept cichlid, Angelfish grow quite large at around 15cm in size and although they are compatible with most community fish, the general rule that “big fish eat little fish” should apply. Therefore it would be best to avoid keeping them alongside smaller fish such as small tetras to prevent any unfortunate incidents.


Angelfish are relatively hardy and are suitable for beginners and experts alike. Ideally kept in aquariums of at least 120 litres, they do best within a temperature range of between 24 °C and 28 °C and a pH around 6.0 to 7.5.


Since they are omnivorous, Angelfish will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh and flake foods. They will thrive best on a varied diet which contains plenty of protein.

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